Huskies Topple Six Ranked Teams in Oregon
Sept. 29, 2006
Washington's cross country teams combined to knock off sixranked teams Friday at the first-annual Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, with the 10th-ranked Husky women placing fourth, and the UW men tying for seventh. Fourteen of the 24 teams competing at the meet are ranked in this week's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Top-30 Rankings, including four top-10 women's teams and four top-10 men's teams.
Led by talented tandem Anita Campbell (Vancouver, B.C./Aldergrove), and NCAA 1,500-meter champion Amy Lia (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) -- who finished nearly side-by-side -- the Husky women earned a fourth-place finish, their 119 points just two shy of 117 scored by Wake Forest. Eighth-ranked Arkansas put five runners into the top-10 to claim the women's team title at 35 points, while No. 6 BYU was second with 55. Those immediately behind the Huskies in the team standings included No. 5 Duke (132), No. 30 Butler (158) and No. 26 Indiana (26), while 28th-ranked Oregon was 10th (247).
Washington's men, too, earned their share of top-25 wins, knocking off sixth-ranked Texas and No. 29 American, despite sharing seventh place with 25th-ranked Butler. Host Oregon captured the inaugural men's team invitational title with 47 points, ahead a pair of top-10 teams in No. 8 Portland (89) and No. 10 BYU (102).
Though neither Washington team won the meet outright, the wins over ranked opponents in the final standings could prove crucial come NCAA Championship selection time, when teams competing for at-large berths are awarded points for having defeated elite teams during the regular season.
'That's why we're here,' said head coach Greg Metcalf, 'We wanted to give our folks a chance to run against the best teams in the country before going to the Pre-National Meet in a couple of weeks. I think we got a pretty good evaluation of where we are -- we managed to get some wins over some top-10 teams, but at the same time, both teams could have been better. The women were two points out of third, and the men could have jumped a spot or two with some tighter gaps. Hopefully, both teams are leaving here recognizing that there isn't that much separating them from the great teams -- they just have to put it all together on the course.'
Campbell and Lia crossed the line at the end of the 6,000-meter course in a near dead heat for the Husky women, with sophomore Campbell 15th in 21 minutes even, and junior Lia 16th in 21:01. Freshman Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins), competing in just her second collegiate cross country race, was 25th in 21:30, while junior Trisha Rasmussen (29th, 21:34) and sophomore Brooke Lademan (36th, 21:43) rounding out the top-five.
'Anita and Amy did what they always do, getting to the front and staying there,' Metcalf said, 'and Katie Follett ran great for a freshman. The two results which I thought meant the most to our team, though, were Trisha's and Brooke's. They both ran as well as they have all fall, which just gives our women's team even more depth.'
On the men's side, it was junior Jeremy Mineau (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton) leading the way for Washington in ninth, his time of 23:38 on the 8,000-meter course a half-minute personal-best. Senior Mike Sayenko (Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish) was 17th in 23:50, but it was 33 seconds before another Husky crossed the finish line, with senior Travis Boyd (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak) finally closing the long gap with a 46th-place effort in 24:23. Junior Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash./Auburn-Riverside) was 50th in 24:27, and redshirt freshman Chris Ahl (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) was 73rd in 24:44.
Metcalf said that the men's team took a hit when sophomore Tom Wyatt, projected to be a top-seven runner for Washington entering the race, was forced to drop out midway through with a sore knee.
'I think that Tommy dropping out of the race kind of threw a wrench in our plans a little bit,' Metcalf says. 'Jeremy, though, ran what I think is the best race of his collegiate career, and Mike's may very well have been his best, too. We just need to close that gap between those top-two guys and the rest of our team, and we'll be in great shape.'
BYU swept the meet's individual crowns, with Kassi Anderson claiming the women's top prize in 19:55, and Josh Rohatinsky leading all men's finishers in 22:59.
Washington's cross country squads will not return home right away, instead traveling a short distance up Interstate-5 to cheer on their teammates at Saturday's Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem. The Huskies have 'B' squads entered in both the men's and women's featured races at the prestigious Northwest meet, of which Washington's women are the defending champions.
For complete results from the 2006 Bill Dellinger Invitational at Oregon, visit www.goducks.com.
2006 Bill Dellinger Invitational
Sept. 30, 2006
Pre's Trail; Eugene, Ore.
Men's Results (8,000m)
Team Results: 1. Oregon 47; 2. Portland 89; 3. BYU 102; 4. Alabama 135; 5. Cal Poly 144; 6. California 163; t7. Washington 183, Butler 183; 9. Texas 189; 10. Duke 243; 11. Utah State 270; 12. American 325; 13. Wake Forest 350.
Individual Winner: Josh Rohatinsky, BYU, 22:59.
Husky Finishers: 9. Jeremy Mineau, 23:38; 17. Mike Sayenko, 23:50; 46. Travis Boyd, 24:23; 50. Carl Moe, 24:27; 73. Chris Ahl, 24:44; 74. Kevin Peters, 24:47; 83. Kelly Spady, 25:01; 91. Adam Shimer, 25:12; 93. Jon Harding, 25:24; DNF-Tom Wyatt.
Women's Results (6,000m)
Team Results: 1. Arkansas 35; 2. BYU 55; 3. Wake Forest 117; 4. Washington 119; 5. Duke 132; 6. Butler 158; 7. Indiana 170; 8. California 179; 9. Portland 231; 10. Oregon 247; 11. Utah State 264.
Individual Winner: Kassi Andersen, BYU, 19:55
Husky Finishers: 15. Anita Campbell, 21:00; 16. Amy Lia, 21:01; 25. Katie Follett, 21:30; 29. Trisha Rasmussen, 21:34; 36. Brooke Lademan, 21:43; 39. Tori Tyler, 21:50; 55. Mo Huber, 22:29; 71. Dani Schuster, 22:49; 73. Anna Imperati, 22:54; 87. Annaliese Chapa, 23:38.