Paul and Jones Win Idaho Jamboree Cross Country Meet

Sept. 2, 2005

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State sophomore Haley Paul won the women's 4k race and junior Andrew Jones, running unattached, won the men's 4-mile race at the Idaho Jamboree Cross Country Meet, Friday evening at the University of Idaho Golf Course.

Paul, from Phoenix, Arizona, led from start to finish as WSU women finished first through fifth in very comfortable 70-degree twilight meet. The Cougar women's team defeated Gonzaga 16 to 46 and scored 15 points against an incomplete Idaho squad. Individual times were not available from the Idaho officials Friday evening.

'Overall the women ran a little faster than a year ago but more importantly I think it was an easier effort,' WSU Head Cross Country Coach Jason Drake said. 'I don't think Haley was challenged and she probably ran a lot harder last year. She ran faster this year and really controlled and I was really pleased with that. I was hoping our women would run together as a team tonight and Haley was running about the pace I thought we could run easy as a team but I think everyone was a little shocked that it was a little fast.'

Paul said, 'I went out the pace JD wanted us to hit in the first mile of 5:45 (five minutes, 45 seconds) and I hit 5:43. I was right on pace at the 3k split and comfortable running and wanted to finish the race strong. I think we did what we wanted to do. It's a lot different from last year since I had no clue where I was going to fit in on the team. Just because of the year's experience, as lame as that might sound, and having more expectations about wanting to be up in the front of the team, I know that is where I want to be.'

Redshirt freshman Meghan Leonard finished second, followed by sophomores Isley Gonzalez and Collier Lawrence. Rounding out the Cougar women's finish were Kelly Ramirez and Eileen Morley. Freshman Marisa Sandoval, running unattached, had an impressive collegiate debut. Kayle Peterson warmed up with the team but decided to sit out the race with a sore knee.

Jones, from Gillette, Wyoming, out-distanced the small field with runners from host Idaho, Gonzaga, Clackamas Community College and many unattached. Jones may redshirt this season along with fellow junior Alex Grant from Bellingham, Wash., as the Cougars' young team matures to a competitive level. In team scores Friday, the WSU men defeated Gonzaga 20 to 35 and bettered Idaho 19 to 36.

Redshirt freshman Woody Favinger, from Bellingham, Wash., was the first uniformed Cougar across the line followed by Drew Polley, Chris Williams, Chris Concha and Justin Ireland. Grant was running unattached among the Cougar finishers.

'I told the guys to run 20:40 and they ran 20:43, moving as a pack all along so they were right on,' Drake said of the men's race. 'Favinger and Polley were solid. Williams fell off a little bit but came back. They were a little tired since they all ran 10 to 11 miles yesterday and had no rest at all for this. Ireland and Concha fell off a little but they are middle distance guys and I'm real happy with them. They are working so hard right now.'

Next up for the Cougars is the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle Sept. 17.

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