|The Sundodger consists of four races
altogether. Washington, Eastern Washington, Portland, Gonzaga,
Idaho and Cal State Northridge will send two teams while Oregon
will just enter its women...The best Sundodger Open finish by an
SPU male was Nathanael Castle, who was 11th in both 1999 and
2001. For the women, Rachel Ross won the open in 2000 and Witt
was sixth in 2001...Heritage will not take the women to
Willamette next week. The men's team's status is uncertain.
Mother of all meets. It's not the
oldest meet around but it's arguably the best and biggest in the
Northwest. The Seattle Pacific University cross country teams and
hundreds of other harriers will converge on the 12th annual
Sundodger Invitational in West Seattle's Lincoln Park Saturday
morning (Sept. 27). The Falcons will compete in the open division
along with the other non-Division I colleges and clubs in races of
5000 meters for the women and 8k for the men.
End of the (short) road. As early as it
seems, the Sundodger meet will mark the unofficial midway point to
the fall season and the last of the shorter, 5k courses for the
women. With the conference and regional races extended to 6000
meters, Coach Doris Heritage is giving the women a break from
competition on the first weekend in October. Four other Great
Northwest Athletic Conference teams-Central Washington, Western
Washington, Saint Martin's and Seattle University-will join the
Falcons this time out. The start line figures to have as many as
250 runners representing teams from the Div. II, III and NAIA
ranks. SPU competes in the women's open at 9 a.m. and the men's
open is 9:30.
Depth charge. The SPU women are coming
off another encouraging meet, one in which their depth began to
materialize. Josie Lavin (Jr., Bremerton, Wa./Bremerton) led
wire-to-wire to win the Central Washington Invitational last week.
Lavin pulled away from Whitworth's Leslie Nelson in the final
stages and was clocked in 19 minutes, 22 seconds-9 seconds ahead
of Nelson-for her first collegiate trail win. She shared GNAC
female runner of the week honors and her time was 1:21 superior to
a year earlier when Lavin took fifth in Ellensburg. Without an
ailing Jamie Witt (Jr., Folsom, Ca.), the Falcons still took
second overall behind Willamette, 39-65. They got an extra lift
from Karen Dickson (Fr., El Dorado Hills, Ca.), who was 12th in
20:30, and particularly Abby Groth (So., Roseburg, Or.), who was
14th in 20:31. Groth, who had not been among the team's five
scorers at the first two meets, ran 62 seconds ahead of her pace a
Tim's best ever. For the third time in
as many meets, Tim LeCount (So., Battle Ground, Wa.) ran No. 1 for
the Falcons and his placement of third was his best ever. LeCount
covered the 4-mile trail in 21:22 despite running much of the race
entirely alone. Former Central Washington harrier Eric Tollefson
defended his title in 20:20. Paul Mach (Sr., Seattle, Wa./King's)
was the team's No. 2 scorer, placing 15th in 22:05. Willamette
also breezed to first in the men's division, with 32 points.
Seattle Pacific was fourth with 91.
Central Washington Invitational results.
Women's Team Scores: 1-Willamette 39, 2-Seattle Pacific 65,
3-Whitworth 70, 4-Central Washington 82, 5-Whitman 140, 6-Western
Washington 141. Winner: Josie Lavin, Seattle Pacific, 19:22.
SPU Women's Finishers: 1-Lavin, 19:22; 12-Dickson, 20:30;
14-Groth, 20:31; 17-Bjork, 20:43; 21-Harbaugh, 20:55; 26-Tayet,
21:05; 27-Huntington, 21:11; 36-Proboski, 21:32; 41-Knox, 21:46;
42-Jensen, 21:49; 46-Marsh, 21:58; 48-McCoy, 21:59; 64-Marshall,
22:43; 67-Duringer, 22:54; 84-Vermeer, 25:30.
Men's Team Scores: 1-Willamette 32, 2-Whitworth 70,
3-Central Washington 88, 4-Seattle Pacific 91, 5-Whitman 112,
6-Western Washington 130. Winner: Eric Tollefson, unattached,
SPU Men's Finishers: 3-LeCount, 21:22; 15-Mach, 22:05;
24-Bostrom, 22:39; 36-Gavareski, 23:17; 46-O'Conner, 23:38;
50-Bjella, 23:50; 52-Rosser, 23:56; 58-Marston, 24:22;
60-Strickler, 24:28; 64-Philips, 24:51