Cross Country Opens Season With Sundodger At Lincoln Park

Sept. 13, 2007

West Seattle's Lincoln Park will be overrun with distance runners this Saturday as the 16th-annual Sundodger Invitational once again marks the opening of the season for Washington's men's and women's cross country teams. Over 600 athletes from 36 teams will cover the course which measures 6,000 meters for the women and 8,000 for the men. A total of four races will be held, starting with the women's open race at 9 a.m., then followed by the men's open at 9:40 a.m. Washington and other top Division-I teams will compete in the invitational races, with the women's invitational beginning at 10:25 a.m. and the men's invitational starting at 11 a.m.

Joining the Huskies at the meet include combined teams from Washington State, UC Davis, San Francisco, Idaho, and Santa Clara.

The Husky men open the season ranked 30th nationally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and are eighth in the West Region. The Cougars should provide the biggest obstacle to UW claiming its seventh Sundodger crown, as WSU is ranked sixth in the West Region but is unranked nationally. The Huskies are led by senior Carl Moe, a track and field All-American and NCAA qualifier, who finished sixth place at last year's Sundodger to pace the Dawgs.

On the women's side, Washington looks to solidify its impressive preseason. The Dawgs begin the season ranked of 19th nationally and third in the West Region. The women will be competing for their ninth title overall, and expect to be led by juniors Anita Campbell and Amanda Miller. Campbell, a second team All-Pac-10 member last seaosn placed seventh overall at the 2006 Sundodger. Freshman Marie Lawrence will also be making her anticipated debut. Lawrence is a junior national champion in the steeplechase and was considered among the best cross country recruits in the nation in the class of 2007.

A year ago, the Husky men ran second to Chico State, while the UW women placed third as Michigan claimed the top spot.

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