Eagles Close Season in Sacramento

Schroll and Penaloza are Eastern’s top finishers at NCAA West Regionals

The Eastern Washington University cross country team finished off the season Friday (Nov. 15) at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento, Calif., with the men finishing 19th and the women placing 22nd.

The Eastern men scored 542 points, tying for 19th overall with UC Irvine out of 27 teams. They were just edged by Big Sky opponent and meet host Sacramento State, who placed 18th with 523 points.

Junior Chris Schroll led the Eagles with a 69th-place finish out of 187 male competitors, covering the 10,000-meter course in 31:19. Schroll averaged a pace of 5:03 per mile in leading EWU for a fourth time this season.

Freshman Alex Kimsey was close behind in 74th with a time of 31:25. Two more freshmen followed Kimsey as Stephen Bottoms placed 92nd (31:45) and Isaac Kitzan took 160th (33:27). Senior Steven Kutsch capped off his first and only cross country season with the Eagles, placing 162nd (33:34) to round out the squad of five.

The Eagle women placed 22nd out of 32 teams, scoring 627 points. Sophomore Berenice Penaloza was the top finisher for the second-straight meet, running a time of 20:59 on the 6,000-meter course to place 72nd out of 225 female competitors. Penaloza averaged a pace of 5:38 a mile.

Sophomore Sarah Reiter followed closely in 83rd, running 21:04. Sophomore Katie Mahoney (22:03) and Freshman Paula Gil-Echevarria (22:04) were 150th and 151st, respectively. Junior Catie Arrigoni (181st, 22:28), Freshman Keeley Davidson (189th, 22:34) and Freshman Katie Lynch (223rd, 24:47) came in next for Eastern.

Stanford won the men’s title, scoring 53 points to edge Oregon (64) and Portland (92). Oregon’s Edward Cheserek was the top individual overall, running 29:35.

Arizona claimed the team title on the women’s side with 84 points to beat Stanford (94) and Oregon (120). Emma Bates of Boise State was the top female competitor overall with a time of 19:11.

The West Regional meet concluded the 2013 cross country season for the Eagles. The 2013-14 track and field season will begin next month, starting with the Candy Cane VI, Eastern’s lone indoor home meet on Dec. 6-7.
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