Cross Country Travels To Notre Dame For First Big Test

Sept. 30, 2009

1:15 pm (Pacific) • Women's Blue Race (featuring UW) • 5,000-meters
2:00 pm (Pacific) • Men's Blue Race (featuring UW) • 8,000-meters

ON THE COURSE: The Washington cross country teams join the contingent of purple & gold traveling to South Bend, Indiana this weekend, as the Huskies will run in the Notre Dame Invitational this Friday, one day before the Huskies and Fighting Irish square off on the gridiron. The top-ranked Husky women and 22nd-ranked men will get a major early season test, running against numerous ranked opponents.

The race goes over the Notre Dame Golf Course, located just west of the football stadium. After two small college races and an open race, the highlighted 'Blue' races get underway with the women's 5,000-meters at 1:15 p.m. Pacific time, 4:15 local. That will be followed by the men's 8,000-meter run, at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5:00 local.

The Notre Dame Invitational is one of the nation's oldest and largest intercollegiate cross country meets. The Invitational was started by former Irish head coach Alex Wilson in 1956 and regularly features runners from approximately 60 schools around the country.

UW's women's group will get an early look at a couple of the top NCAA contenders this season, as No. 3 Florida State and No. 6 Princeton will be racing to unseat the Dawgs. Additional ranked teams in the women's field include No. 12 Providence, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 15 Florida, No. 22 Penn State, No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 25 New Mexico, and No. 27 Rice. Pac-10 rivals Arizona and UCLA will also be on hand. The Seminoles' Susan Kuijken has been the NCAA runner-up the past two years and should be the individual favorite.

Six ranked men's teams will lineup on Friday, including 11th-ranked Tulsa, No. 15 Providence, the Huskies at No. 22, 24th-ranked New Mexico, No. 28 Notre Dame, and No. 30 Princeton. Similar to the women, the UW men will see conference foes Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA as well.

This Friday will mark the first time the Husky women have run their full group since last year's NCAA Championships. At the season-opening Sundodger Invitational victory, Christine Babcock, Katie Follett, and Kailey Campbell did not compete, but all three will be in action this Friday, along with NCAA returners Kendra Schaaf, Mel Lawrence, and Lauren Saylor who all have one race under their belts already. Junior Kenna Patrick, redshirt freshman Allison Linnell, and freshman Lindsay Flanagan round out UW's nine competitors.

The men, who moved up two spots in this week's rankings, will be led by Sundodger Champ Kelly Spady, and senior track All-American Jake Schmitt, who will be making his season-debut. Senior Colton Tully-Doyle will look to build off his excellent third-place Sundodger run. Also ready to run for UW is junior Jordan Swarthout, sophomores Cameron Quackenbush, Max O'Donoghue-McDonald and David McCary, redshirt freshman Joey Bywater, and freshman James Cameron who will run attached for the first time after taking eighth at the Sundodger in his first college 8k.

Back home in Seattle, those Huskies not heading to Notre Dame will be at Lower Woodland Park to run in the Emerald City Open hosted by Seattle U. The women's 6,000-meter run will start at 10:30 a.m. with an 8,000-meter run for the men taking off at 11:15 a.m.

EXPECTED TO RUN: Following is a list of those Huskies expected to compete at Friday's Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend. Teams are allowed to enter nine entries apiece. The top five finishers on each team contribute to the team score while the sixth and seventh runners can displace other team's finishers to bump up their score.

Name Year Hometown (Last School)

Christine Babcock So. Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge)
Kailey Campbell Jr. Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)
Lindsay Flanagan Fr. Roselle, Ill. (Lake Park)
Katie Follett Sr. Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins)
Mel Lawrence Jr. Reno, Nev. (Reno)
Allison Linnell RFr. Colts Neck, N.J. (Marine Academy of Science and Tech.)
Kenna Patrick Jr. Federal Way, Wash. (Thomas Jefferson/UPS)
Lauren Saylor Jr. Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)
Kendra Schaaf So. Craven, Saskatchewan (Lumsden)

Name Year Hometown (Last School)

Joey Bywater RFr. Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens)
James Cameron Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
David McCary So. Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita)
Max O'Donoghue-McDonald So. Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Cameron Quackenbush So. Spokane, Wash. (Ferris)
Jake Schmitt Sr. Kentfield, Calif. (Redwood/California)
Kelly Spady Sr. Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
Jordan Swarthout Jr. Olympia, Wash. (Capital)
Colton Tully-Doyle Sr. San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo/UCSB)

WOMEN REMAIN UNANIMOUS NO. 1; MEN TICK UPWARDS: The Husky women's cross country team continues to hold down the No. 1 ranking in the country, pulling in all 12 first place votes for 360 points in the first in-season poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Huskies were the unanimous preseason No. 1 and have held the top spot since last October 7th, following their win at the Auburn Invitational. Oregon, the runner-up the past two years, is ranked second followed by Florida State, which UW will face on Friday. Additional Pac-10 teams in the rankings are Stanford at No. 7 and Arizona State at No. 13. The Husky men's squad rose two places in the voting after its strong showing at the Sundodger Invitational. Washington finds itself at No. 22 with 109, up from their preseason No. 24 ranking. Oregon continues to lead the men's poll, followed by Oklahoma State and Stanford, the only other Pac-10 team in the Top-30.

SCHAAF AND SPADY TAKE SUNDODGER: The season-opening Sundodger Invitational was all that the Husky cross country teams could have hoped for, as Washington captured both team and individual titles out at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Sophomore Kendra Schaaf repeated as the women's invitational winner, and senior Kelly Spady got the first 8k win of his college career to lead the men. The No. 1-ranked Husky women cruised to an easy victory, placing their five scoring runners in the top-seven overall. They totaled 21 points, and the 24th-ranked men's squad posted 32 points in its win. Schaaf duplicated her freshman year win in nearly every way, going straight to the front and winning by a wide margin on a wet and muddy course. The main difference was this year Schaaf was nine seconds faster, breaking her own course record she set last year by covering the 6,000-meters in 19-minutes, 49-seconds. Junior Mel Lawrence, placed second for the second-straight season behind Schaaf, clocking 20:06, 17 seconds faster than last year. Next up for the Husky women was Lauren Saylor in fifth-place, then redshirt freshman Allison Linnell with perhaps the day's most pleasant surprise, as she grabbed seventh in 21:06. Junior Kenna Patrick placed eighth in 21:15, and true freshman Lindsay Flanagan was 10th in 21:18, giving the Huskies six in the top-10. In the men's race, Spady and Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage led throughout, with Spady pulling away over the final 2,000-meters to win in 23:54. Husky senior Colton Tully-Doyle was very impressive taking third in 24:08, though he ran unattached. Redshirt freshman Joey Bywater was sixth at 24:16, 30 seconds faster than his 2008 time. James Cameron from Lake Forest, Calif. was the top UW freshman, placing eighth in 24:23 while competing unattached. Sophomores Cameron Quackenbush and Max O'Donoghue-McDonald crossed ninth and tenth, respectively, in 24:26 and 24:31. Sophomore David McCary had his best Sundodger yet, placing 13th in 24:39 to round out UW's scoring. McCary has gone from 84th at the Sundodger as a true freshman, to 49th as a redshirt freshman, and now all the way up to 13th. Junior Jordan Swarthout (15th), senior Chris Ahl (19th), and true freshman Bryan Tibaduiza (20th) also placed in the top-20 for the Dawgs.

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