Dawgs Dominate At Emerald City Open

Oct. 3, 2009

SEATTLE - It was a familiar story at the Emerald City Open for the Husky cross country teams Saturday morning, as Rob Webster Jr. and Mo Huber duplicated their individual titles from one year ago and Washington packed several runners at the front of both the men's and women's events.

While the top UW runners were still in Indiana after sweeping the Notre Dame Invitational titles on Friday, the rest of the team put the overall depth of the program on full display by running away from a collection of local colleges and clubs at Lower Woodland Park.

The women's 6,000-meters was up first and Washington swept the top three spots and eight of the first nine. Huber, a junior, ran to a seven-second win in 23-minutes, 3-seconds. Second-place went to freshman Justine Johnson, competing unattached, who finished in 23:10. Redshirt freshman Kayla Evans placed third in 23:19.

Fifth- and sixth-places went to freshmen Breanna Huschka and Grace Green, respectively. Junior Bailey Schutte was seventh, followed by Lindsey Kirschman in eighth and freshman Allison Ponce in ninth. Courtney Lightfoot and Nicole Aurigemma also took 11th- and 12th-places, before a group of four Seattle U. runners came across.

In the men's 8k, Webster led from the start and pulled away for the win in 25:59, running 18-seconds faster than his 2008 win. Husky frosh Gareth Gilna took runner-up honors in 26:33, followed by redshirt freshman Greg Drosky who ran 26:43. Sophomore Faisal Abdullahi was eighth, followed by freshman Taylor Carlson, running unattached.

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