Lady Eagles Pull Ahead of Portland State at Sundodger Invitational
Kolin sticks with No. 3 ranked Husky pack
The Eastern Washington University men's and women's cross country teams both placed sixth at the 18th Annual Sundodger Invitational Saturday (Sept. 18) in Seattle, Wash.
The women's team finished sixth out of nine total teams, scoring 160 points. Eastern finished ahead of the ladies of Portland State University (PSU), who scored 176. PSU was picked seventh in the BSC pre-season poll, just ahead of Eastern who was picked eighth.
"I'm very excited that the girls beat Portland State," said Zeller. "I felt like the girls competed to the finish."
Senior Amy Kolin paced the Eagles, as the transfer from Grand Valley State placed 12th overall, clocking a time of 21:41.66. Kolin was able to hang with the elite women of Washington, beating eight of the Huskies' 14 competitors.
Other Eagle finishers were Angelica Rodriguez (22:48.17), Stephanie Dye (22:53.94), Monica Jaenicke (23:24.43), Micaela Rasmussen (23:47.24), Kimberly Macias (24:44.48), Sarah Alvick (25:12.08), Megan Inman (25:19.25), Danielle Raschko (25:39.56), Jessi Johnson (25:44.32) and Senaida Monroy (26:24.16).
"There's a difference between a girl who is just holding on in a race, trying to survive, and those who battle and are competitive until the end. Our girls were battling," said Zeller.
The University of Washington women claimed the title, scoring 22 points, followed by Idaho (72), Pepperdine (99), Gonzaga (108), Nevada (152), Eastern Washington (160), Portland State (176), Seattle University (186) and Western Oregon (235).
Senior Bowe Ebding led the Eagle men to a sixth-place finish out of the 10 teams, running 25:04.25 on the 8,000-meter course.
Other men finishers were Kyle King (25:24.29), Connor Williams (25:31.73), Simon Sorenson (25:50.38) and Cody Barton (25:52.85).
"Bowe ran really solid. You can always depend on him to do well because he is so consistent," said Zeller. "Connor ran very well also. He beat two guys this weekend that beat him two weeks ago."
The UW men also claimed the win, scoring 27 points against Southern Oregon (75), Idaho (78), Gonzaga (140), Western Oregon (142), Eastern Washington (160), Portland State (175), Seattle University (185), East County (239) and Pepperdine (267).
The Eagles will split up this weekend, while part of the team heads to Notre Dame to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Oct. 1), while the other members will face the Grizzlies of Montana at the Montana Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 2).