Bywater Leads Five Huskies At USA XC Nationals

Feb. 7, 2009

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DERWOOD, Md. - Five Husky freshmen took part in the USA Cross Country National Championships this morning in Maryland, competing in the junior race. Joey Bywater led the way with a seventh-place finish in the men's race.

Held at the Agricultural History Farm Park, the junior races preceded the main cross country national championships. Bywater (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) covered the 8,000-meters in 24-minutes, 50-seconds. Rob Webster, Jr. (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) placed 21st in 25:40, and Greg Drosky (Walnut Creek, Calif./Las Lomas) was 54th in 27:33.

Bywater will now be in the mix for a spot on the national team that will represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships held in Amman, Jordan on March 28. The top six finishers earn automatic spots so one runner would need to pass on the trip.

In the women's junior race, Allison Linnell (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) placed 30th overall in 23:04 for 6,000-meters. Tacoma's Kayla Evans (Bellarmine Prep) was 39th in 23:21.

German Fernandez won the men's junior race in a time of 23:20 while Neely Spence won the women's race in 20:43.

All five of UW's competitors on Saturday redshirted during the 2008 cross country season, but all have already competed for the Huskies during the indoor track season.

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