Young Huskies Bare Teeth at Willamette Invitational

Oct. 5, 2002

SALEM, Ore. - Washington's women's cross-country squad scored 194 points Saturday to place ninth at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore. The team, comprised of runners who did not travel to Friday's Notre Dame Invitational, was joined by a large group of Husky men's runners -- mostly true freshmen -- the majority of whom competed unattached.

Washington's women were led by the 41st-place performance of sophomore Kathryn Touran, who completed the 5,000-meter course in a career-best 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Just behind Touran was junior Courtney Spence, whose career-best time of 18:38 was good for 43rd. True freshman Karen Schwager rounded out the Huskies' top-three finishers with a time of 18:42, also a career-best, that earned the Langley, Wash., native a 48th-place finish.

While Schwager led Husky true freshmen on the women's side, Mike Sayenko did the same for the men, clocking a 24:38 for 8,000 meters to finish 25th. Sayenko was the first of four Husky true freshmen, all competing unattached, in the top-40, including Jesse Fayant (30th, 24:47), John Hickey (32nd, 24:49) and Travis Boyd (40th, 25:00).

With the first weekend of road competition under their belts, the Husky cross-country teams will reunite next week in preparation for the Oct. 19 Pre-National Meet at Terre Haute, Ind., on the site of this year's NCAA Cross-Country Championships.

NCAA Cross-Country
Willamette Invitational
Salem, Ore.
Oct. 5, 2002

Women's Results
Team Results: 1. Idaho, 46; 2. Auburn, 47; 3. Oregon, 110; 4. Hawaii, 133; 5. Santa Clara, 138; 6. Portland State, 139; 7. Portland, 142; 8. Cal State-Fullerton, 180; 9. Washington, 194.
Individual Winner: Letiwe Marakurwa, Idaho, 16:58
Husky Finishers: 41. Kathryn Touran, 18:34; 43. Courtney Spence, 18:38; 48. Karen Schwager, 18:41; 65. Ellen Murray*, 19:05; 67. Melissa Chapman, 19:08; 76. Jill Johnson, 19:20; 120. Samantha Michel, 21:33.

Men's Results
Team Results:
1. Portland, 21; 2. Idaho, 65; 3. Cal State-Fullerton, 69; 4. Auburn, 86; 5. Portland State, 103.
Individual Winner: Dave Davis, Unattached, 23:14
Husky Finishers: 25. Mike Sayenko*, 24:38; 30. Jesse Fayant*, 24:47; 32. John Hickey*, 24:49; 40. Travis Boyd*, 25:00; 60. Matt Owen*, 25:27; 64. Stephen Mull*, 25:30; 68. Andrew Robinson, 25:37; 75. Kevin Hansen*, 25:49; 83. Jake Haskins, 26:04; 88. Matt Franck*, 26:11; 98. Evan Wirkkala*, 26:29.

* -- Competed Unattached

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