Husky Men Topple Three Top-25 Foes In Indiana
Oct. 14, 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Led by an outstanding performance from junior Jeremy Mineau, Washington's men's cross country team knocked off three top-25 opponents Saturday en route to a 10th-place finish in the Men's White Race at the 2006 Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Washington's women were 19th in the Women's White Race.
Held on the same LaVerne Gibson Course that will host next month's NCAA Championships, and featuring more than two-thirds of the nation's top-30 teams, the meet serves as a final barometer of national prowess before conference championships begin in two weeks.
Running in the second of the two evenly-seeded men's races, Washington followed Mineau across the entire 8,000-meter course, the Menlo Park, Calif., native remaining near the front of a chase pack that settled in just a few seconds behind leaders Josh MacDougal of Liberty and Joseph Lomong of Northern Arizona. Mineau eventually crossed the line 20th in 24 minutes, 2 seconds, followed 18 seconds later by senior Mike Sayenko (Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish) in 43rd. Senior Travis Boyd (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak) was the team's No. 3 finisher in 70th (24:40), while senior Kevin Peters (76th, 24:43) and junior Carl Moe (93rd, 24:50) rounded out the Huskies' top-five.
Washington's men, who entered the meet tied for 35th in the national collegiate rankings, finished 10th overall in the race with 300 points, ahead of No. 16 Virginia (12th, 304), No. 19 William & Mary (15th, 371) and No. 20 Arizona State (16th, 452). Fifth-ranked Iona captured the men's White Race with 100 points, edging out No. 3 Stanford (106), while MacDougal won the individual crown for Liberty with a 23:15 finish.
Washington's first three finishers -- Mineau, Sayenko and Boyd -- were identical to those at last month's Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, where the Huskies' upset a number of ranked opponents, including No. 6 Texas. The team's 49-second gap between its first and fifth finishers, meanwhile, was its best of the 2006 season, and significantly better than its 66-second 1-5 gap at the Dellinger meet.
'I thought that we did a pretty good job of closing those gaps this week, but there's still room to improve there,' said 10th-year UW cross country coach Greg Metcalf. 'We're going to need to get more guys to the front of the pack if we want to be back here again in November.'
While four of the Husky men's top-five finishers placed 76th or higher, the Husky women were only able to place one runner into the top-80 in the 6,000-meter women's White Race, as a result slipping to 19th in the final team standings.
Sophomore Anita Campbell (Vancouver, B.C./Aldergrove) was the Huskies' torch-bearer, her 44th-place finish, in 21:04, a full 16 spots higher than her effort in the same meet a year ago. Freshman Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) continued her outstanding debut season with an 84th-place finish (21:36), second among Huskies, one spot ahead of junior Amy Lia (85th, 21:36). Junior Trisha Rasmussen (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) was 111th in 21:50, while sophomore Dani Schuster (Kennewick, Wash./Kamiakin) rounded out UW's top-five in 132nd (22:01).
'We definitely have some work to do on the women's side,' Metcalf said. 'You certainly can't underestimate this field -- those are a lot of great teams out there that beat us. But the bottom line is, if we think we're one of those great teams -- and I know for a fact that we do -- then we can't just talk about it, we have to prove it.'
That will be the goal of both Husky teams at the Pac-10 Championships in two weeks, hosted by Stanford University. Both Washington's men's and women's squads ran fourth at last year's Pac-10 meet, the seventh-straight year both teams have been among the top-five conference finishers.
For complete results from Saturday's Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., visit www.gohuskies.com
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