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September 19, 2009

Lutes Finish Back at Soggy Sundodger

Women's Results
Men's Results

SEATTLE - There were personal bests all around as Pacific Lutheran finished 12th in the women's open competition and 16th in the men's open division at the Sundodger Invitational cross country meet held at Lincoln Park on a drizzly Saturday morning.

For the third straight time, frosh Suzy Olson led the Lutes across the finish line in the women's race. She finished the 6000-meter course in a time of 23:37.82, nine places ahead of frosh teammate Katie Gebert, who clocked 23:52.42. Rounding out the top five for PLU were Mary Wuest, 70th in 23:59.47, Jill Kuschel, 108th in 24:40.28,and Chiara Rose-Witt, 122nd in 25:06.01. Every PLU runner except one recorded a PR in Saturday's race.

The PLU women placed 12th out of the 18 teams competing in the women's open division, scoring 333 points compared to to the dominating 22 points scored by Alaska-Anchorage.

The Lutes men were 16th out of 20 teams, scoring 389 points in a division won by British Columbia with 89 points.

Junior John Phillips paced the Lutes, finishing 67th in a time of 26:47.63 over the 8000-meter course. Sean Andrascik placed 74th in 26:55.65, followed by Alex Martin, 92nd in 27:07.72, Justin Barth, 107th in 27:34.00, Kolter Grigsby, 125th in 27:55.04, and Barrett Bollen, 127th in 27:56.80. Personal records were the order of the day for the PLU men as every Lute runner notched a season-best time.

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