Eagle Runners Have Top Performances in Montana

Sept. 8, 2007

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Eastern Washington University junior Paul Limpf placed second in the men's race while junior Mattie Bridgmon finished third on the women's side at the Montana Open Saturday (Sept. 8) in Missoula, Mont.

"They ran as well as I can expect," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller. "I think they did great."

Limpf, a 2005 graduate of Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash., finished with a time of 15:35 on the five-kilometer course. First-place finisher Brett Carter who ran unattached had a time of 15:34 to beat Limpf by one second. Freshman Alex Smyth came in fifth with a time of 16:02.

"The guys were packed together," added Zeller. "Paul ran comfortable at the meet. It went for him."

Rounding off the Eastern finishers were freshman Graham Vaux, who placed 11th with a time of 16:22, sophomore Tyler Justus (14th, 16:28), senior Andrew Marks (17th, 16:57) and junior Erik Walter (21st, 17:10). Unattached runner Bowe Ebding finished 15th with a time of 16:48.

"Graham and Bowe Ebding (who ran unattached) really impressed me with their very first races. They did really well and stepped up pretty big," commented Zeller.

In the women's five-kilometer race, junior Bridgmon placed third with a time of 18:28 and senior transfer Samantha Modderman had a fourth-place finish of 18:29.

"Samantha is a huge addition to our team and finished right with Mattie. They were right behind unattached runner Allie Brosh, who qualified for Nationals last year," said Zeller.

Seventh-place finisher senior Kiri Garruto had a time of 19:26. Placing 20th was junior Tracy Kuhn (21:41). Freshman Whitney Johnson finished 22nd with a time of 22:40.

"Kiri had a huge summer and that is paying off for her," added Zeller.

The EWU cross country team will head to the Sundodger Invitational Saturday (Sept. 15) in Seattle, Wash. The men's race begins at 10 a.m. and the women start at 10:30 a.m. For more information go to http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/wash/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/06sundodgerinfo.

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