Beavers Second At Eastern Washington Invitational

Oct. 16, 2004

Cheney, Wash. - Oregon State placed second out of six teams at the Eastern Washington Invitational. Ashley Younce was the top finisher for the Beavers coming in second out of the 61 runners involved Saturday afternoon.

The University of Calgary won the 5,000 meter race also boasting the top finisher, Shannon Slater-Popowich winning with a time of 18 minutes and 31.7 seconds.

'Overall at the Eastern Washington meet we were pleased. We had some really good performances,' head coach Kelly Sullivan said.

Younce finished in 18:48.6, just 16.9 seconds behind the first place finisher. Other top finishers for the Beavers were Kaitlin Poggi coming in fourth with a time of 20 minutes and 5.8 seconds and Neoma Palmer finishing seventh with a time of 19 minutes and 24.2 seconds.

'Lauren Denfeld and Noelle had really steady days, I was very pleased,' Sullivan said. 'Kaitlin probably had her best meet of the year.'

One change to the lineup was the absence of Taylor Bryant, the transfer from the University of Oregon. Sullivan chose to withdraw her due to illness.

'Having Taylor in the race would have made a bigger difference in the team score and we might have gotten closer to winning,' Sullivan said. But we got out of it exactly what we wanted to.'

Oregon State's next race is on Oct. 23 at the Oregon State Track Club Invitational at Avery Park in Corvallis, Ore.

OREGON STATE AT EASTERN WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL

TEAM SCORES: Calgary 33, Oregon State 47, Portland State 73, Gonzaga 99, Eastern Washington 99, Montana 175.

TOP INDIVIDUALS AND OREGON STATE FINISHERS (Out of 61): 1. Shannon Slater-Popowich, Calgary, 18:31.7; 2. Ashley Younce, Oregon State, 18:48.6; 3. Jill Semenza, Gonzaga, 19:06.4; 4. Kaitlin Poggi, Oregon State, 19:12.7; 5. Renee Kaylor, Calgary, 19:21; 7. Neoma Palmer, Oregon State, 19:24.2; 16. Lauren Denfeld, Oregon State, 20:05.8; Noelle Harer, Oregon State, 20:12.2; 34. Jean-Marie Peterson, Oregon State, 20:35.9; 42. Michelle Wilson, Oregon State, 21:13.1.

The results from the Nike/Jim Danner Invitational are unavailable at this time.

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