Chesimet Records Top Finish for Cross Country at Pre-Nationals
Oct. 17, 2009
Terre Haute, Ind. – With temperatures in the 40s, junior Abby Chesimet (Astoria, Ore.) ran the 10th fastest time in school history over the 6,000-meter course on Saturday morning to lead the Oregon State cross country team at the Pre-Nationals Invitational in the blue race.
The event was broken up into women’s blue and white races. Oregon State finished 27th of 37 teams in the blue race.
“Abby ran exceptionally well today – the best race in her career,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “Jennifer had a big misfortune of both of her racing spikes coming untied, one in the first 400 meters of the race and the second soon after. So she spent most of the race trying to keep her shoes on, losing well over 100 spots. So the final placing didn’t indicate our day.”
Chesimet finished 59th out of 249 runners in a time of 21:44.6. Freshman Sandra Martinez (Yakima, Wash.) came in 120th in 22:14.8. Junior Jennifer Macias (Hermiston, Ore.) was the team’s third scorer, coming in 144th, and redshirt sophomore Laura Carlyle (Kelowna, British Columbia) had the team’s fourth best finish in 159th. Junior Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson (Forest Ranch, Calif.) rounded out the team scoring, finishing in 184th place.
Also competing was redshirt freshman Olivia Poblacion (Portland, Ore.), who finished 222nd.
“The Pac-10 teams dominated in the [blue and white] races, and we have no reason to have all seven runners up in front in two weeks at the Pac-10 Championships. Hannah missed three weeks, so she’ll improve a ton next month.”
Jenny Barringer of Colorado won the blue race in 19:50.9, leading her team to a first place team finish as well with 94 total team points.
Runners not competing at the Pac-10 Championships on Friday, Oct. 30, as well as a group of unattached runners, will take part in the OSU Beaver Classic next Saturday in Corvallis at 9:00 a.m. in Avery Park.
Women’s Blue Race Pre-Nationals Invitational Individual Results (Top 5 and Oregon State Finishes out of 249): 1. Jenny Barringer, Colorado, 19:50.9; 2. Susan Kuijken, Florida State, 20:20.8; 3. Jordan Hasay, Oregon, 20:33.0; 4. Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP, 20:33.9; 5. Janet Jesang, Western Kentucky, 20:34.5; 59. Abby Chesimet, Oregon State, 21:44.6; 120. Sandra Martinez, Oregon State, 22:14.8; 144. Jennifer Macias, Oregon State, 22:34.0; 159. Laura Carlyle, Oregon State, 22:45.9; 184. Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson, Oregon State, 23:04.4; 222. Olivia Poblacion, Oregon State, 23:40.8.
Women’s Blue Race Pre-Nationals Invitational Team Results: 1. Colorado 94; 2. Florida State 135; 3. Oregon 169; 4. Georgetown 200; 5. Stanford 206; 27. Oregon State 666.
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