Despite the fact that the Saint Martin's
meet was run two weeks earlier than a year ago, several
harriers improved their respective course times. Josie Lavin
(Jr., Bremerton, Wa./Bremerton), who was fifth overall, came
in 34 seconds faster and Paul Mach (Sr., Seattle, Wa./King's),
the men's No. 2 scorer, ran a superior time by 32
seconds...Demonstrating improvement over the first week were
Kirsten Bjork (Sr., Olympia, Wa./Black Hills) and Aaron
Libadisos (Jr., Kailua-Kona, Hi./Kealakehe). Bjork ran a
better time (21st in 19:52) by 55 seconds over the Emerald
City Invitational 5k and Libadisos (24th in 28:20) was clocked
54 seconds faster and 16 seconds better than 2002...At last
year's Central Washington race, the SPU women were a distant
second to the host Wildcats with Lavin placing fifth. The men
sent only three runners to the meet.
Over the mountains. Snow dusted the
passes through the Cascades earlier this week but the weather
figures to be summer-like Saturday (Sept. 20) in Ellensburg when
Seattle Pacific University and several other cross country teams
converge on the Central Washington Invitational. SPU will be
joined by the likes of Central and Western Washington in a
significantly smaller meet compared to next week's Sundodger
Classic at Lincoln Park.
The door's open. This week's meet
features conditions which are favorable for the women's first team
victory of the season and perhaps a repeat win for Jamie Witt
(Jr., Folsom, Ca.). Northwest College, which has finished ahead of
the Falcons in the first two meets, is not running at Ellensburg.
The women will again run 5000 meters while the men go 4 miles.
And through the woods. Witt is coming
off the first cross country victory of her career last week at
Saint Martin's and she did so in dramatic fashion. Going into the
final 800 meters and a stand of trees, Witt was running third. Yet
when she emerged on the other side, Witt was in first to stay. She
finished just ahead of Northwest's Kristina Proticova in 18
minutes, 1 second. The Eagles' Danyel Longmire, a winner by 27
seconds over Witt the previous week, took third in 18:05. Witt was
selected as the runner of the week in the Great Northwest Athletic
And through the woods. Coach Doris
Heritage got plenty of good news in the second outing. Beyond
Witt, there was Tim LeCount (So., Battle Ground, Wa.) taking
fourth among the men, the women placing second overall and general
improvement across the board from the first meet. LeCount's
placement matched his best ever; he had also run fourth at Saint
Martin's as a freshman. Finishing in 26:35, he also closed the gap
by 20 seconds on winner Phil Olsen of Northwest. The Falcon men
were fifth overall.
Saint Martins Open results
Women's Team Scores - 1. Northwest 25, 2. Seattle Pacific 64,
3. Seattle U. 81, 4. Western Washington 96, 5. Central Washington
110, 6. Saint Martin's 176, 7. Evergreen 207.
Top 10 - 1. Jamie Witt SPU 18:01.01, 2. Kristina Proticova
NWC 18:01.78, 3. Danyel Longmier NWC 18:05.74, 4. Tiffany
Stillwater NWC 18:23.59, 5. Laura Trevellyan 18:24.37, 6. Celia
Maclean NWC 18:34.58, 7. Josie Lavin SPU 18:43.88, 8. Alana Garcia
SU 18:48.42, 9. Kristie Rice SU 18:49.65, 10. Jenny Jensen NWC
Men's Team Scores - 1. Western
Washington 56, 2. Saint Martin's 68, 3. Seattle U. 77, 4. Highline
CC 82, 5. Seattle Pacific 96, 6. Central Washington 111.
Top 10 - 1. Phil Olson NWC 25:22, 2. Nathan Carlson SMC
25:57, 3. Clayton Hemlock HCC 26:28, 4. Tim LeCount SPU 26:35, 5.
Andy Prentice SMC 26:47, 6. Tris Obluck 26:53, 7. Michael Hughes
SU 26:53, 8. Steve DeKoker WWU 27:04, 9. T. J. Garlatz WWU 27:04,
10. Brian Brancheau WWU 27:04.