Egami Leads Cougar Cross Country Team at Sundodger Invite

Sept. 20, 2008

Complete Results

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State junior Lisa Egami was the top Cougar runner with a seventh-place finish Saturday morning at the Sundodger Invitational Cross Country meet staged at Lincoln Park under typical rainy conditions in Seattle.

Egami, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, finished the 6,000m course in a time of 20-minutes, 52 seconds, which was 1-minute and 40 seconds faster than last year at this same course. Chelsea VanDeBrake was WSU's next runner over the finish line in 26th place in a time of 21:46.

The Cougar women finished fourth in the team standings with 121 points. Host Washington won the women's team competition with 24 points followed by UC Davis (67) and Oregon State (75).

WSU senior Sara Trané did not race at the Sundodger due to an inflamed Achilles tendon and Cougar coach Jason Drake decided not to risk further injury.

'Lisa ran an awesome race today, her best race ever,' Drake said. 'Her 20:50 is the same time that Haley Paul ran the year she finished 14th at the NCAA Championships. Anything under 21-minutes is great and Lisa ran a wonderful race and looked easy. We ran well but our finish shows that we have work to do. Chelsea finished about where she did a couple years ago and that was good to see. Then there was a pack of Cougs with Amanda Andrews, Marisa Sandoval, Michelly Foley and Mietra Smollack finishing together and running well.

Only three Cougar men ran in uniform today with junior transfer Mark Moeller the top finisher in eighth-place with an 8,000m time of 24:27. David Hickerson, running unattached was 17th (24:36) and Peter Miller was 31st (24:57). Washington won the men's team title with 41 points followed by Alaska-Anchorage (54) and Eastern Washington (68).

'We only had three guys in uniform so it was a skeleton crew,' Drake said. 'Mark Moeller looked great and ran a smart race, moving up the whole way. It was a really nice race for him and probably puts him in our top five which really helps us. Running unattached, David Hickerson ran well and Peter Miller ran faster than last year and ran well.'

The Cougar men will compete next weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

Women's ResultsSundodger Invitational (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash., 6,000m)
September 20, 2008
Women's Team Results: Washington 24, UC Davis 67, Oregon State 75, Washington State 121, Seattle Pacific 132, Idaho 141, Gonzaga 225, St. Mary's (Calif.) 236, Seattle U 265.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Kendra Schaaf (UW) 19:58; 2. Marie Lawrence (UW) 20:23; 3. Jessica Pixler (SPU) 20:31; 4. Lauren Saylor (UW) 20:41; 5. Kim Conley (UCD) 20:45.
WSU Results: 7. Lisa Egami 20:52; 26. Chelsea VanDeBrake 21:46; 37. Amanda Andrews 22:07; 41. Marisa Sandoval 22:15; 43. Michelly Foley 22:18; 44. Mietra Smollack 22:21; 49. Emily Farrar 22:39; 55. Sarah Dunn 22:49; 56. Stephanie Sipes 22:55; 64. Ashlee Wall 23:17;

Men's Results
Sundodger Invitational (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash., 8,000m)
September 20, 2008
Men's Team Results: 1. Washington 41, 2. Alaska Anchorage 54, 3. Eastern Washington 68, UC Davis 102, Western Washington 159, Idaho 165, Gonzaga 197, St. Mary's (Calif.) 205, Seattle Running Club 206, Seattle U 318.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Paul Limpf (EWU) 23:33; 2. Marko Cheseto (AA) 23:45; 3. Jake Schmitt (UW) 23:48; 4. Alex Smyth (EWU) 24:03; 5. Jeremey Mineau (UW) 24:08.
WSU Results: 8. Mark Moeller 24:27; 17. David Hickerson (unat) 24:36; 31. Peter Miller 24:57; 38. Jayson Taylor (unat) 25:04; 47. Danny Lindstrom (unat) 25:20; 57. Daniel Renz 25:45; 61. Luke Lemenager 25:51; 69. Drake da Ponte (unat) 26:15; 73. Matt Conrath (unat) 26:23; 74. Chris Goodman (unat) 26:25; 84. Cody VanDeBrake (unat) 26:44.

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