October 25, 2010

Eastern Prepares to Host BSC Championships Oct. 30

Eagles compete Saturday at Fairways Golf Course

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The Eastern Washington University Cross Country teams will host the 2010 Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships, Saturday (Oct. 30) at the Fairways Golf Course in Cheney, Wash – an opportunity that arises once every nine years.

"We are very excited to host this meet," said head coach Chris Zeller. "To be able to showcase our region is an honor."

After an impressive showing at the Inland NW Cross Country Classic, senior Amy Kolin and the Eagle women will take on the dominant women of Northern Arizona, who are projected to claim the title of BSC champions.

Kolin led the Lady Eagles Saturday (Oct. 16), as the Ypsilanti, Mich., native claimed the meet-win and clocked a time of 18:10.1 on the 5,000-meter course.

"If Amy runs competitively this weekend, she has the ability to place in the top-ten – to be all-conference," said Zeller.

The Eagles were ranked eighth in the preseason coaches' poll, but have beaten Portland State in past competitions this season.

Junior Kyle King and the men's team will also take on Northern Arizona's supremacy, as the Lumberjack men were also picked first in the coaches' preseason poll.

King placed third in the men's open race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Indiana. His time placed him 67th overall in a field of 366 runners competing in two different heats.

"Kyle has had an interesting season," said Zeller. "He suffered from mono in the beginning but has steadily climbed back to the top. I think he will challenge some people this weekend."

The men's 8,000-meter race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 5,000-meter competition at 11 a.m. The races will take place at the Fairways Golf Course at 9810 West Melville Rd., Cheney, Wash.

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