Husky Men Stick Together for 13th-Place Finish at Pre-National Meet
Oct. 18, 2003
WATERLOO, Iowa - Led by senior Eric Garner, Washington's men's cross country team packed four runners into the top-100 to place 13th in an elite field at the Pre-National Meet in Waterloo, Iowa. The 31st-ranked Husky women took 16th at the meet, held annually on the same course as November's NCAA Championships.
With 73 of the nation's top Division-I teams in attendance, the fields were split for both men and women into varsity Purple and Gold races, and an open race for each gender.
Washington's men refused to be limited by their No. 35 national ranking, upsetting several teams -- including key regional rival No. 23 Portland -- with their 394-point performance, good for 13th in the 35-team Men's Purple Race. While top-ranked Stanford established itself as the team to beat at next month's NCAA Championships, placing six runners in the top-10 to take the team title, it was Brigham Young's Kip Kangogo who ran away with the individual crown, covering the 8,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 10 seconds.
As has been the case for much of the past two seasons, Garner (Kelso, Wash./Kelso) set the pace for Washington, placing 43rd in 24:21. Key to the team's impressive finish, however, was the performance of its No. 2 through No. 5 runners. Led by 58th-place finisher Mark Mandi (Everett, Wash./Mariner), the quartet crossed the line in a span of 25 seconds, with redshirt freshman Travis Boyd (Mukilteo, Wash/Kamiak) following teammates Mandi, Matt Topping (Kennewick, Wash./Kennwick) and Carl Moe (Auburn, Wash./Auburn-Riverside).
'Our men ran a good team race today,' said second-year head coach Greg Metcalf. 'What I mean by that is that they stuck together and pulled each other along. That's what good teams do, and if they can do that at the Pac-10 Championships in two weeks, they could really make some noise.'
Also seeking to make some noise was the UW women's team, which entered the Pre-National Meet ranked 31st in the nation despite counting five freshmen among its top-seven runners. Junior captain Lindsey Egerdahl set a terrific pace, running 32nd in 21:12, but the Huskies did bring another runner across the line for nearly a minute, leaving the team 16th overall in the 33-team field.
Second-ranked Stanford, led by individual winner Alicia Craig, put three runners in the top-five to match the team title earned by the Cardinal men, while sixth-ranked North Carolina State ran impressively to earn second.
'More than half of the women on our team were running in high school meets just six months ago,' said head coach Greg Metcalf. 'We've thrown those ladies into the fire right away, and that can be tough. It's time for them to decide, though, whether they want to use that as an excuse, or whether they want touse that as motivation. We'll find out in two weeks at the conference meet.'
The regular-season schedule behind them, the Huskies will kick off the postseason at the Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, Wash., on Nov. 1, followed by the NCAA West Regional Championships in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 15, before returning to Waterloo for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 24.
Irv Warren Golf Course
October 18, 2003
Men's Purple Race (8,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford 25, 2. Iona 95; 3. Michigan 148; 4. Air Force 196; 5. Villanova 204; 6. BYU 223; 7. Cal Poly SLO 243; 8. Indiana 296; t9. Florida State 318, Central Michigan 318; 13. Washington 394.
Individual Winner: Kip Kangogo, BYU, 23:10
Husky Finishers: 43. Eric Garner, 24:21; 58. Mark Mandi, 24:32; 93. Matt Topping, 24:50; 98. Carl Moe, 24:55; 102. Travis Boyd, 24:57; 130. Todd Arnold, 25:15; 157. John Russell, 25:32.
Women's Gold Race (6,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford 66; 2. N.C. State 101; 3. Colorado 148; 4. Wake Forest 163; 5. UCLA 173; 6. Missouri 220; 7. Wisconsin 230; 8. Marquette 286; 9. West Virginia 306; 10. Florida State 310; 16. Washington 469.
Individual Winner: Alicia Craig, Stanford, 19:53
Husky Finishers: 32. Lindsey Egerdahl, 21:12; 90. Amy Lia, 22:09; 98. Jamie Gibbs, 22:17; 115. Ingvill Makestad, 22:27; 134. Laura Hodgson, 22:42; 139. Marie Foushee, 22:46; 158. Brianna McLeod, 23:05.