Egerdahl Leads UW Women to Second at Willamette

Oct. 2, 2004

SALEM, Ore. - Senior Lindsey Egerdahl led five Huskies among the top-14 Saturday at the 30th-Annual Willamette Invitational, but it wasn't enough to hold off 25th-ranked Idaho, which captured the women's 5,000-meter open crown at Salem's Bush's Pasture Park. Idaho's 26 points were good for a 12-point victory over the Huskies, reminiscent of the Vandals' 14-point win over Washington at September's Sundodger Invitational.

The 26th-ranked UW men also competed Saturday, placing fourth with a squad featuring none of its four returning NCAA competitors. Washington's teams were two of 67 at the meet, which with over 1,100 competitors is the largest of its kind in the western U.S.

'We went after it on the women's side today, but I have to give credit to Idaho, they're a good team,' said second-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'We were within 2-3 spots of their runners at just about every point on the course, but just couldn't nudge ahead. It's been great, though, to have a strong Northwest rival to challenge us in the early season. Having been through these races will only make us stronger when we go to Pre-Nationals in two weeks.'

Idaho's Mary Kamau proved the toughest challenge for Washington, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:07 for the individual title. Co-captain Egerdahl led UW for the fourth time in the past two seasons with a fourth-place finish, in 17:14, three seconds ahead of UW sophomore and fifth-place finisher Dallon Williams. Sophomore Brianna McLeod ran eighth in 17:24, while sophomore Kira Harrison (13th, 17:31) and senior Angela Wishaar (14th, 17:31) rounded out the scoring for Washington.

While the women's team boasted just a 17-second interval from its first to fifth runners, it was a different story in the 8,000-meter men's race, where Husky redshirt freshman Brad Liber finished 33 seconds ahead of his nearest UW teammate. Liber's sixth-place individual finish was the best of his UW career, while his time of 24:19 trailed meet champion Paul Kezes of Team XO by just 19 seconds. Despite Team XO's sweep of the top-two places, it was UC Davis winning the men's title with a 70-point score, two better than the Oregon club's 72. Portland State was third with 105, while the Husky men placed fourth at 124.

'We wanted to get a look at some of younger guys this week, and I thought some of them really stepped up,' Metcalf said. 'Brad Liber, in particular, had a great race. He made a statement that he wants to contribute for us at the big races this fall.'

After opening the season with three-straight Northwest competitions, Washington's 26th-ranked men and 33rd-ranked women will earn their first test against the nation's top teams in two weeks at the Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind. For complete results of the 2004 Willamette Invitational, visit www.willamette.edu/athletics.

Willamette Invitational
Oct. 2, 2004
Salem, Ore., Bush's Pasture Park

Men's 8000m Open Race
Top-10 Teams: 1. UC Davis 70; 2. Team XO 72; 3. Portland State 105; 4. Washington 124; 5. Gonzaga 169; 6. Portland 194; 7. Eastside Track Club 203; 8. Pacific Sport 217; 9. Idaho 246; 10. Santa Clara 260.
Individual Winner: Paul Kezes, Team XO, 23:59.
Husky Finishers: 6. Brad Liber, 24:19; 25. Matt Owen, 24:55; 26. Preston Brashers, 24:56; 34. James Wilson*, 25:03; 45. Matt Franck, 25:17; 52. Caleb Knox*, 25:21; 65. Kevin Peters, 25:40.

Women's 5000m Open Race
Top-10 Teams:
1. Idaho 26; 2. Washington 38; 3. Nevada 130; 4. UC Davis 149; 5. Oregon State 159; 6. Portland State 177; 7. Santa Clara 235; 8. San Diego, Gonzaga 243; 10. UO Running Club.
Individual Winner: Mary Kamau, Idaho, 17:07
Husky Finishers: 4. Lindsey Egerdahl, 17:14; 5. Dallon Williams 17:17; 7. Brianna McLeod, 17:24; 13. Kira Harrison, 17:31; 14. Angela Wishaar, 17:31; 17. Jamie Gibbs, 17:40; 20. Marie Foushee, 17:46; 29. Laura Halverson, 17:57; 32. Trisha Rasmussen, 18:11; 36. Camille Connelly, 18:13; 37. Meghan Lawrence*, 18:17; 66. Olivia Garrow*, 19:01; 67. Kelsey McCallum*, 19:02; 73. Karen Schwager*, 19:06; 79. Laura Hodgson*, 19:09; 93. Dani Schuster*, 19:29.

* - Competed unattached.

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