Egerdahl, Mandi Named Most Valuable at Postseason Banquet

Dec. 9, 2004

SEATTLE - Senior Lindsey Egerdahl and junior Mark Mandi were honored by their UW cross country teammates this week as the team's Most Valuable Runners for the 2004-05 season, capping an exciting night of awards at Washington's annual postseason banquet.

In addition to the 'Most Valuable' designation awarded by the team, Everett native Mandi also earned one of two Coaches' Awards for his commitment to success in all areas of life as a collegiate athlete, including practice, competition, academics, and community service. The 2004 Sundodger Invitational champion, Mandi led the Huskies at all but one varsity competition this season, and earned All-Pac-10 first-team acclaim with a sixth-place finish at the conference championships in October.

An All-West Region selection for the second-straight year, Egerdahl captained the UW women to their eighth-straight NCAA Championships, the sixth-longest active streak of NCAA berths in the nation. The Auburn High School graduate was the team's top runner at the national meet for the second year in a row, and was Washington's No. 1 or No. 2 runner at every varsity competition in 2004.

Junior Angela Wishaar, whose emergence in 2004 helped Washington fill holes in the lineup left by injury and attrition, shared the Coaches' Award with Mandi and was recognized by her teammates as the Most Improved Runner of the 2004 season. A native of Shoreline, Wishaar was among the top-five Husky finishers at every varsity meet in 2004, after having never finished among the team's top-seven at any competition in her previous two years. Joining Wishaar on the Most Improved list was San Diego, Calif., native Brad Liber. The redshirt freshman ran in the Huskies' top-seven all season, and was the Huskies' No. 3 finisher at the NCAA West Regional.

Freshman Jeremy Mineau of Palo Alto, Calif., and fifth-year senior Meghan Lawrence of Bellingham were honored as the team's Top Newcomers. Mineau ran third for Washington at the Pre-National and Pac-10 meets, while Lawrence - who had never competed in cross country at any level before 2004 and walked on to the UW squad just a week prior to the season -- ran in the team's top-five at all three postseason competitions.

Rounding out the Huskies' 2004 honorees were a trio of Most Inspirational Runner recipients, including sophomores Travis Boyd and Alison Tubbs, and senior Jamie Gibbs. Mukilteo native Boyd returned from a lost year to injury to lead all Husky finishers at the West Regional Championships, and was the team's No. 2 runner at both the Pac-10 and Pre-National meets. Gibbs, too, fought past injuries to run sixth on the team at the Pac-10 meet, while Tubbs - slated for a big season in 2004 - provided inspiration from outside the ropes after being forced to the sidelines by injury for the second time in as many years.

Washington's women's cross country team placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships in 2004, the team's 10th top-25 finish in the past 14 years. For more information on Husky cross country, visit www.gohuskies.com.

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