Beavers Fifth, Younce 11th At Willamette Invitational

Oct. 2, 2004

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon State placed fifth among the 18 teams in its race at the Willamette Invitational women's cross country meet and the Beavers' Ashley Younce was 11th in the 180-runner field Saturday morning at Bush's Pasture Park. Idaho won the 5,000-meter race for women from NCAA Division I schools, junior colleges, clubs and unattached competitors, with the Vandals' Mary Kamau winning the individual title in 17 minutes, 6.15 seconds.

The Willamette Invitational is one of the top regular-season meets on the West Coast; Idaho is ranked 25th nationally and Washington received votes in the latest national poll. The event included a separate race for runners from Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

'Overall, it was a pretty good day,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'We were pleased. We were very happy with it and we got out of this meet exactly what we wanted - running against a big field in a big competition, and we survived.'

Younce finished in 17:20.57, just .42 of a second behind 10th-place Kim Conley of California-Davis. Other top finishers for OSU were Neoma Palmer, 21st in 17:47.67; and Kaitlin Poggi, 33rd in 18:11.37.

'Ashley's finish was pretty darn good. Her time was over a one-minute personal best from what she ran in high school,' Sullivan said of Younce, who is in her third year at OSU but hadn't competed from her prep days until this fall. 'And Neoma ran well, and she'd been off a little this week.'

Oregon State will next race on Oct. 16, with some of the Beavers going to the Eastern Washington Invitational in Cheney, Wash., and others competing in the Jim Danner Invitational in Troutdale.

OREGON STATE AT WILLAMETTE INVITATIONAL

TEAM SCORES: Idaho 26, Washington 38, Nevada 130, California-Davis 149, Oregon State 159, Portland State 177, Santa Clara 235, San Diego 243, Gonzaga 243, U. of Oregon Running Club 255, Portland B 256, Spokane CC 379, Clark CC 380, Highline CC 397, Clackamas CC 431, Team Gfr Salem 460, Lane CC 470, Treasure Valley CC 563.

TOP INDIVIDUALS AND OREGON STATE FINISHERS: 1. Mary Kamau, Idaho, 17:06.15; 2. Ashlee Vincent, unattached, 17:07.50; 3. Letiwe Marakurwa, Idaho, 17:09.07; 4. Lindsley Egerdahl, Washington, 17:13.12; 5. Dallon Williams, Washington, 17:16.37; 6. Mandy Macalister, Idaho, 17:21.14; 7. Biranna McLeod, Washington, 17:23.66; 8. Bevin Kennelly, Idaho, 17:25.59; 9. Sopagna Eap, U. of Oregon Running Club, 17:27.26; 10. Kim Conley, California-Davis, 17:29.15; 11. Ashley Younce, Oregon State, 17:29.57; 21. Neoma Palmer, Oregon State, 17:47.67; 33. Kaitlin Poggi, Oregon State, 18:11.37; 61. Lauren Denfeld, Oregon State, 18:55.96; 69. Taylor Bryant, Oregon State, 19:02.71; 77. Jean-Marie Peterson, Oregon State, 19:07.64; 90. Noelle Harer, Oregon State, 19:25.26; 94. Julie Garcia, Oregon State, 19:30.09; 103. Heather Wales, Oregon State, 19:44.92; 104. Michelle Wilson, Oregon State, 19:46.20; 106. Lisa Roberton, Oregon State, 19:50.32; 114. Marcie Aker, Oregon State, 20:01.13; 119. Jaime Fuller, Oregon State, 20:12.71; 130. Tara Stirewalt, Oregon State, 20:39.88; 152. Tia Williams, Oregon State, 21:29.41; 154. Allie Schroeder, Oregon State, 21:33.16; 167. Ashley Larson, Oregon State, 22:44.00.

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