Mandi Wins Charles Bowles Invite; UW Women Take Team Title

Oct. 1, 2005

SALEM, Ore. - Senior Mark Mandi earned his second-career cross country win Saturday, leading the 33rd-ranked UW men to second place at the 31st-Annual Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore. The Husky women were first, their second win in as many tries this season.

A native of Everett, Wash., Mandi covered the 8,000-meter Bush's Pasture Park course in 23 minutes, 45 seconds, nine seconds ahead of a tightly-packed group of runners including second-place finisher Nick Wilson of Air Force and third-place runner John Moore of Portland. Moore was one of five Portland runners in the top-12, however, leading the 22-ranked Pilots to the team title with 36 points. Washington put its top-five runners into the top-15 for a second-place finish with 47 points, upsetting No. 21 Air Force (3rd, 75) and No. 31 Oregon (4th, 82).

The win was the second for Mandi in his UW career, and marked the second-straight season in which the former walk-on has opened his season with a victory. Mandi also won last year's Sundodger Invitational title, but chose not to defend his crown this year and debut at the Charles Bowles meet instead.

'Mark did exactly what we need Mark to do this year -- get up to the front and stay there,' said head coach Greg Metcalf. 'Our two-through-10 guys did a good job, too, of fighting for every position. This was the first race of the year for a good portion of these guys. I'd say it's a good start, but as long as there is even one team ahead of us at the finish line, that means we still have to improve.'

Trailing no one in the team standings were the UW women, who remained undefeated in 2005 with a narrow victory over Pac-10 rival Oregon. Buoyed for the second-straight meet by its impressive freshman class, the 30th-ranked Huskies scored 55 points to Oregon's 58, UW freshman and No. 5 runner Annaliese Chapa providing the final margin with a three-place edge over Ducks' No. 5 Amber McGown.

Freshman Brooke Lademan led all UW finishers, completing the 5,000-meter course in 17:14 for a fifth-place finish, 12 seconds behind winner Dee Olson of Idaho. In fact, all of UW's top-five finishers were freshmen, including Lademan, seventh-place finisher Tori Tyler (17:20), 11th-place finisher Anita Campbell (17:31), 15th-place finisher Dani Schuster (17:38) and Chapa, who crossed the line 17th (17:39).

Washington is returning just five letterwinners from its 2004 squad, while seeking to extend a string of eight-straight NCAA Championships appearances that is the nation's sixth-longest.

'These young ladies continue to impress me each time out,' Metcalf said. 'We're putting a lot on their shoulders right now, and they're responding exactly the way I had hoped. We recruited them because they were winners, and they're showing that so far this year.'

The Northwest portion of its schedule concluded, Washington will wrap up the regular season Oct. 15 at the Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., before heading to Tucson, Ariz., for the Pac-10 Championships at the end of the month.

For complete results from Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational, visit www.willamette.edu/athletics.

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