|Mach is the only senior among the top
seven scorers for the men or women... Josie Lavin (Sr.,
Bremerton, Wa./Bremerton) is expected to return this spring and
next fall to bolster the women. Lavin was the GNAC champion in
2003...All of the current runners will have a chance to meet a
living legend during homecoming week. Bente Moe will be inducted
into the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame as a member of the third
and final charter class Feb. 5. Moe won a total of five distance
running championships from 1985-89, including the NCAA cross
country title in 1985. She was also a marathoner for Norway at
the 1984 and 88 Olympic Games...LeCounts placement
was the best by an SPU male since 1980, when Albert Reimer was
54th in the NCAA...The 2005 regional and national championships
will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona. The GNAC meet rotates to
A sensational season. And to think they
should be stronger next season. That might qualify as the biggest
upside to a sensational cross country campaign by Seattle Pacific
University. Together, the mens and womens squads
earned a top-20 national finish and a conference championship and
runner-up. Individually, the Falcons lay claim to a couple Great
Northwest Athletic Conference winners plus an All-American. Better
still, not only is just about everyone eligible to return in 2005,
but these harriers are bound to improve.
Real goals, high achievement. None of
the eight SPU competitors who ran at the NCAA Division II
Championships had previously been involved in a national meet, yet
they set some lofty goals for themselves. Then they went out and
surpassed them. Coach Doris Heritage huddled with her womens
star, Karen Dickson (So., El Dorado Hills, Ca./Oak Ridge), and
together they aimed for a top-five finish. Dickson did that one
better, dueling with the eventual winner for much of the race and
ultimately placing fourth. It was the highest finish by an SPU
runner in 16 years. Meanwhile, the mens team was determined
to break the top 20. They were 19ththe best-ever placement
by a Seattle Pacific mens team.
Pacesetter. Dickson kept pace with
defending NCAA and regional champion Chelsea Smith of Brigham
Young Hawaii, but then lost ground and was eventually overtaken
just before the finish chute by two other runners. Still, she
became the Falcons first All-American in five seasons. Karen
ran as hard as she could, said Heritage. The
conditions were slippery, muddy and difficult, and shes
still got another two years to come back here. Smith
completing the 6-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 33 seconds.
Dicksons time was 21:43. The last time a Falcon finished
among the top five was Bente Moe, a runner-up in 1987 Dickson
becomes the 21st All-American for the womens program.
Man-o-man. Seattle Pacific was making
its first NCAA mens team appearance and taking its first
trip to a national meet in 43 years. The Falcons, who were ranked
No. 23 nationally, were once again led by Tim LeCount (Jr., Battle
Ground, Wa.). He finished 73rd overall and ran the 10k in 34:16.
Nicodemus Naimadu of Abilene Christian out-leaned Western State's
Oliver Bodor, both earning a time of 31:38. Western State (Co.)
regained the national title from rival Adams State (Co.), 39-76.
SPU, the GNAC champion, totaled 512 points. Adams State retained
its womens team crown, easily distancing itself from
second-place Edinboro (Pa.), 31-106.
Just around the corner. Before long,
members of the cross country teams will once again step to the
start line. The indoor track & field season starts Jan. 15 at
the University of Washington. Five weeks after that are the GNAC
Championships, which the SPU women won in 2004. Paul Mach (Sr.,
Seattle, Wa./Kings), the No. 4 scorer this fall, is the
defending 800 champion and a national qualifier. Finishing second
in the league were LeCount (mile), Dickson (5000) and Victoria
Perkins (So., Kent, Wa./Kentwood) (800). The NCAA indoor meet is
Mar. 11-12, the same weekend which marks the commencement of
NCAA Championship results.
Men's Team Scores: 1-Western State
39; 2-Adams State 76; 3-Abilene Christian 137; 4-Chico State
144; 5-Harding 196; 6-Grand Valley State 213; 7-Edinboro 231;
8-Hillsdale 246; 9-Lock Haven 256; 10-Kennesaw State 271; (14
others)14-Cal Poly Pomona 344; 19-Seattle Pacific 512.
Individuals (10,000 Meters): 1-Nicodemus Naimadu, ACU,
31:38.1; 2-Oliver Bodor, WSC, 31:38; 3-Kelly Christensen, WSC,
31:52; 4-Peter Kosgei, HAR, 32:02; 5-Joshua Merrick, ASU, 32:08.
SPU finishers: 64- Tim LeCount, 34:16.0; 100-Bjorn
Bostrom, 34:58.5; 105-Doug Gibson, 35:02.8; 117-Brian Cronrath,
35:22.3; 126-Paul Mach, 35:42.3; 143-Eddie Strickler, 36:17.4;
154-James Rosser, 36:54.2.
Women: Team Scores: 1.-Adams State
31; 2-Edinboro 101; 3-Western State 134; 4-Grand Valley State
171; 5-Kennesaw State 215; 6-Chico State 219; 7-Northern
Michigan 234; 8-Tampa 242; 9-Harding 277; 10-Central Missouri
322; (14 others)17-UC San Diego 382; 21-Alaska Anchorage 489.
Individuals (6,000 Meters): 1-Chelsea Smith, BYUH,
21:33.0; 2-Allison Kreutzer, CSU, 21:3666 3-Alisha Williams,
WSC, 21:42; 4-Karen Dickson, SPU, 21:43.4; 5-Victoria Martinez,