Cross Country Runs Past Four Ranked Teams In Oregon
Sept. 30, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Matched up against some of the top competition in the nation, Washington's men's and women's cross country teams fared very well at the Bill Dellinger Invitational today, knocking off several ranked teams at Springfield Country Club.
The 17th-ranked Husky women (93 points) took third in the 15-team field behind host-school and 24th-ranked Oregon (65), and fourth-ranked Arkansas (90). Three ranked teams trailed the Huskies in the next three spots: No. 21 Colorado State in fourth, 18th-ranked BYU in fifth, and 15th-ranked Georgia took sixth place. The Huskies also distanced themselves from Pac-10 rivals UCLA, who finished 11th, and Oregon State, which placed 13th.
UW sophomore Katie Follett turned in the performance of her career with a second-place finish in a personal best time of 20:17 over the 6,000m course. Follett was followed across the line by junior Anita Campbell, who surged out to a 40-meter lead in the early stages before being caught at the two-mile mark. Campbell still placed sixth overall in a time of 20:32. Turning in another outstanding run was freshman Marie Lawrence, who finished 13th in 20:48. Lawrence debuted at the Sundodger Invitational two weeks ago and has gone under 21-minutes in both of her outings thus far.
The Husky men, ranked 30th, placed seventh out of 15 teams, upsetting 22nd-ranked Cal Poly in the process. Every team that finished ahead of the Husky men was ranked in the top-21 of the current coaches' poll. Third-ranked Oregon took out top-ranked Wisconsin for the title, 54 points to 73. The Huskies finished with 176 points.
Leading the Husky men was sophomore Kelly Spady as he placed 21st in a time of 23:57. Junior Jon Harding followed up his record win at the Sundodger with another strong showing, placing 27th in 24:01. Senior Carl Moe ran third for the Dawgs, placing 33rd (24:07) while freshman Max O'Donoghue-McDonald took 44th (24:20). Riley Booker (51st), Brian Govier (66th), and Adam Shimer (74th) rounded out UW's top-seven scorers.
This was the first time for both Follett and Spady to lead the Huskies in any meet.
'We did our job today overall,' said Husky Head Coach Greg Metcalf. 'Our women accomplished what we came to do. It would have been nice to beat Arkansas, but it was a pretty good day. On the men's side, we turned in solid performances all around, though we would have been happy to end a couple spots higher. But all in all we are better than where we were a year ago this weekend, so it bodes well for what we're going to do two weeks from now.'
Winning the men's 8,000m race was Matt Withrow of Wisconsin in 23:20. First place in the women's run went to Oregon's Nicole Blood in 20:04.
Also competing Saturday morning was Washington's 'B' squad, which traveled to Willamette, Ore. for the Charles Bowles Invitational. Husky runners were not scored in the meet, however Jake Schmitt took third overall running unattached on the men's side and Kailey Campbell also placed third to lead Washington's representatives in the women's 'Gold' 5k.
The competition will get even fiercer in UW's next outing. The Pre-National meet in Terra Haute, Ind. on Oct. 13 is held at the site of the NCAA Championships and features a loaded field of teams trying to maneuver for possible at-large bids.