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Annual Sundodger Invite Set For Saturday

Sep 16, 2014

SCHEDULE:
9:00 am -
Women's 6000m Open
9:40 am -
Men's 8000m Open
10:25 am -
High School Girls 5000m Varsity
11:00 am -
Women's 6000m Invitational (featuring UW)
11:35 am -
Men's 8000m Invitational (featuring UW)
12:20 pm -
High School Boys 5000m Varsity
12:50 pm -
High School Girls 5000m Junior Varsity
1:30 pm -
High School Boys 5000m Junior Varsity

DIRECTIONS: To reach the park in West Seattle, take the West Seattle Bridge exit off of I-5 North or South. As you head into West Seattle take a right onto Fauntleroy Way and follow signs to the Vashon Ferry Terminal. Lincoln Park is along the right side of Fauntleroy Way hanging over Puget Sound.

THE MEET: The Husky cross country teams begin the race to Terre Haute on the familiar ground at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, as the 23rd Sundodger Invitational starts off the 2014 season. Several hundred runners from those just beginning their high school careers up to college athletes with NCAA Championship experience will line up on Saturday for nearly five straight hours of races.

Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. with the women’s open race, followed by the men’s open race, with fields made up primarily of local small colleges. After a girls varsity high school race at 10:25, the two main college invitational races featuring the Dawgs go off with the women’s 6,000-meters at 11 a.m. and the men’s 8,000-meters at 11:35 a.m. A high school varsity boys race and two junior varsity 5000m races wrap up the day.

The invitational races will feature a small but strong group of teams, with the Huskies going up against Fresno State, Hawaii, Seattle U, and WashingtonState.

The Huskies head into the season both ranked in the top-30 for the first time since 2009, with the men ranked 27th and the women ranked 14th. Washington has swept the men's and women's races for the past seven years, but only four of the previous 15 installments were swept by the Dawgs.

Washington will have a large contingent racing on Saturday, though a few returners will wait to make their debut at the Washington Invitational in two weeks. Senior Aaron Nelson, who won the Sundodger en route to an All-American season last year, is expected to lead the men. Also expected to race in uniform are Tim Cummings, Sumner Goodwin, Nick Harris, Tyler King, Meron Simon, Jacob Smith, Johnathan Stevens, Keith Williams, A.J. Yarnall, and Izaic Yorks, with a few more men running unattached.

Last year's women's race was won by Katie Flood, and while Flood still has a track season, her cross country eligibility is concluded so a new women's champion will be crowned. Several veterans with postseason experience will compete in uniform including Maddie Meyers, Kaylee Flanagan, Erin Johnson, and Joelle Amaral. But the majority of Huskies will be first and second year runners including Kelly Lawson, Jenna Sanders, and true freshmen Megan Beauchene, Anastasia Kosykh, and Anna Maxwell, all of whom could compete in uniform in their first races.