September 14, 2010

Eastern Cross Country Heads to Sundodger Invitational

Eagle to compete in Seattle on Sept. 18

The Eastern Washington University cross country teams will head west to Seattle, Wash., this Saturday (Sept. 18) to compete in the 18th Annual Sundodger Cross Country Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington.

The women’s 6,000-meter competition will begin at 10:25 a.m., with the men’s 8,000-meter race beginning at 11 a.m. The contest will take place at Lincoln Park.

"I am really excited for Amy Kolin to race this week. It will be her first weekend competing as an Eagle and I'm eager to see how she stacks up to teams like UW," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller.

The Eagles will take on the nationally ranked Huskies and also Big Sky Conference opponent Portland State.

"This weekend will give us a chance to compare ourselves to Portland State. There will be a lot of elite competition for us to evaluate, as well," said Zeller.

Last season, Kyle King placed seventh in the competition, assisting the Eagle men to a third place finish, overall. The women’s team took eighth, led by Ari Rios who clocked a 23:47.70.

Former Eagle Paul Limpf still holds the course record, which he broke in 2008, when he recorded a time of 23:33 on the 8,000 meter path.

"At our first meet, the men ran in a pack for the first 5k, so this weekend will be the first time they have a chance to open up early on, said Zeller."

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