Husky-To-Be Lawrence 11th at USA Cross Country Meet

Feb. 10, 2007

BOULDER, Colo. - Future Husky Mel Lawrence led five Huskies to top-35 finishes Saturday at the USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colo., the qualifying race for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships next month.

Lawrence, considered by many the nation's top female distance runner in the class of 2007, placed 11th overall in the 6,000-meter junior women's race, her time of 22 minutes, 55 seconds barely a minute off the pace of 15-year-old phenom and two-time Foot Locker Cross Country National Champion Jordan Hasay.

A senior at Reno (Nev.) High School, Lawrence was joined in the junior women's race by her future teammate Mo Huber (Fr., Oakland, Calif./Acalanes), while freshman Riley Booker (San Diego, Calif./University City) competed in the junior men's race. Both earned top-31 finishes, with Huber placing 26th in 23:59, and Booker 31st in 27:49.

Washington also received terrific performances in the open division races from freshman Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) and junior Adam Shimer (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowale), each of whom placed among the top-35 in races featuring the nation's top professionals.

Follett's time of 31:43 earned 33rd place overall in the 8,000-meter race, which was won by U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor in 26:47. Shimer, meanwhile, placed 30th overall in his first-ever 12,000-meter competition, his time of 40:05 just three minutes behind national champion Alan Culpepper of Nike (37:09).

For complete results from the 2006 USA Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

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