Huskies Sweep Sundodger Invitational Titles
Sept. 17, 2005
SEATTLE - Washington's 39th-ranked men's cross country squad earned a record fourth-straight Sundodger Invitational team title Saturday, part of a UW sweep of team crowns at the 14th-annual event at West Seattle's Lincoln Park. The sweep was the fourth all-time for the Huskies at the team's home invitational, and its second sweep in the past three years.
Led by redshirt freshman Jon Harding of Issaquah, Washington's men packed four runners into the top-10, their 39-point team total well ahead of No. 21 Portland's 66, and the 72 points of third-place UCLA. The Huskies have won five of the last six Sundodger Invitational team titles, including an unprecedented four-in-a-row since 2002. The 27th-ranked UW women -- who saw their own three-year winning streak snapped by Idaho in 2004 -- avenged the defeat Saturday, scoring 53 points to hold off second-place UCLA (64), third-place Washington State (73) and the defending champion Vandals (109).
'You never really know what to expect in your first meet of the year, but these folks have been running great throughout our fall camp and I was confident that they could get it done today,' said ninth-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'The exciting thing is, we rested a lot of our veterans today -- this was mostly our future out there, and our future looks pretty darn good.'
Freshmen accounted for the top-four UW finishers on the women's side, with Palo Alto, Calif., native Tori Tyler placing fourth overall in 21:08, equaling the eighth-fastest 6,000-meter mark ever in Sundodger competition. Fellow Californian Brooke Lademan was UW's second finisher in sixth, her time of 21:19 the 12th-fastest ever at the Sundodger meet. Freshman Annaliese Chapa was ninth overall in 21:26, while Anita Campbell rounded out the freshman unit in 16th place, 18 seconds back of Chapa.
Washington State's Haley Paul won the invitational women's crown, finishing in 20:50.
'We may have a young team this year, but it would be wrong to say that we're inexperienced,' Metcalf says. 'Those ladies have run at some big-time meets in their careers, and that experience showed today.'
The men's side proved more of a mix of young and old for Washington, with Harding placing fourth in 24:08 -- 11th-fastest in meet history -- ahead of senior Andy Fader (7th, 24:14), freshman Jordan McNamara (8th, 24:18) and junior Matt Owen (9th, 24:18). Austin Ramos of UCLA won the race in 24:00, holding off Boise State's Tyberius Axtman (2nd, 24:05) at the line.
Cal State-Fullerton alum Nick Arciniaga clocked a 28:07 to win the morning's small-college men's open race, with Willamette University holding off Portland for a 45-72 team victory. Kristen Kolstad led Simon Fraser University to a win in the women's open race, finishing eight seconds ahead of the field in 21:43.
For complete results of the 2005 Sundodger Invitational, visit www.gohuskies.com.
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