Cross Country Sweeps Sundodger In Record Fashion

Sept. 15, 2007

SEATTLE - Several records were tossed aside in Lincoln Park this morning as the Washington men's and women's cross country teams got the 2007 season off to a blistering pace at the 16th-annual Sundodger Invitational. Husky juniors Jon Harding and Anita Campbell each captured the day's premier Invitational races, with Harding cruising the 8,000-meter course in 23:36 to establish a Sundodger meet record as well as an overall course record. Campbell's time of 20:20 (6,000m) was the fastest for any Husky in history at the meet.

'We really couldn't have asked for a better way to start the season,' said Husky Head Coach Greg Metcalf. 'Obviously with the records of Anita and John and the rest of our performances today, it shows how seriously we've taken our training this summer.'

The 30th-ranked Washington men placed four runners in the top-ten to breeze to victory over runner-up Washington State. Following Harding's footsteps were sophomore Kelly Spady and freshman Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Senior Carl Moe ran eighth with a time of 24:20. The Huskies finished with 30 points, while the Cougars scored 54. Eastern Washington was third with 116, UC Davis finished fourth with 118, and Western Washington placed fifth with 128.

Harding's run broke the previous Sundodger men's record of 23:42 which had been held by Western Washington's Paul Kezes. The overall course record of 23:40, also surpassed by Harding, had been held by Stanford's Jonathan Riley who made his mark at the Pac-10 Championships which were held at Lincoln Park in 2000.

In the Women's Invitational, both Campbell and sophomore Katie Follett ran under the previous UW meet record of 20:50 set by Cami Matson in 2000. Follett finished in 20:37 for second place, a full 50 seconds faster than her time one year ago. Freshman Marie Lawrence came in right behind the veterans in third place and was the third Husky to go under 21 minutes, crossing the finish at 20:58. Also placing in the top-ten was junior Danielle Schuster, who placed 10th in 21:35. As a team the 19th-ranked Dawgs finished well ahead of the competition, amassing only 27 points, while second-place Idaho scored 76. San Francisco came in third with 104, Santa Clara was fourth with 122, and UC Davis ran fifth with 123 points.

'So many people looked great today,' Metcalf said. 'Katie Follett especially, from June until today, has simply made herself into a better distance runner. Also we were thrilled with the performances from the freshmen Marie and Max. They came in ready and proved that they will be instant contributors and invaluable team members for a long time to come.'

Washington has now swept the men's and women's Invitationals three of the past five years (2003, 2005, 2007). The Husky men have now finished first in five of the past six years, taking second only in 2006.

In the day's earlier Open races, John Riak of St. Martin's took the men's title in 24:35, while Emily Timmer of Puget Sound won the women's Open in 21:30.

Washington will look to build off its slingshot start at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, September 29 in Springfield, Ore.

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