September 30, 2008

Eagles Head to Indiana and Montana

Sept. 30, 2008

The Eastern Washington University cross country teams will split this weekend with five male athletes competing at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Friday (Oct. 3). The rest of Eastern's team will head to the Montana Invitational in Missoula, Mont., Saturday (Oct. 4).

"We're very excited about the opportunity to run at Notre Dame," said head cross country coach Chris Zeller of the 25-team field. "There is a regionally-ranked team from every region on the starting list. We'd love to get some points towards going to the NCAA Championships out of it."

Paul Limpf, Alex Smyth, Bowe Ebding, Kyle King and Tyler Justus will compete in the 8,000-meter race at 2 p.m. in the Blue Division at the Notre Dame Invitational.

The men are currently ranked ninth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the west. Washington State and Washington are ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

"Paul and Alex will be up front leading the way, but how our other three runners do will be very important," added Zeller.

The rest of Eastern's team will compete at the Montana Invitational. The women's 5,000-meter race begins at 10 a.m. with the men to follow at 10:30 a.m. in the 8,000 meters.

"Our women's team will get to see some Big Sky competition for the first time this season in Montana and Montana State," said Zeller.

The Eagles competed at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 20. Limpf won that race with a time of 23:33, setting a new course record and a personal best time in the 8,000 meters. That race earned him Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

In the women's race in Seattle, Stephanie Dye finished 31st with a time of 23:28 in the women's 6,000-meter race. She was followed by teammate Amber Nickelson, who finished 32nd with a time of 23:32.

"Stephanie Dye had a big race at Sundodger and looks to repeat that performance," added Zeller. "Amber Nickelson is feeling better and should be mixing it up with the front UM and MSU girls. This is always a fun and competitive race so we're looking forward to it."

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