PLU Women Sixth, Men Seventh at NWC Meet
ESTACADA, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran finished sixth in the women's division and seventh in the men's race at the Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships held Saturday at McIver State Park.
With Dana Misterek and Joy Shufeldt placing second and third, the Whitworth University women ran to the 2009 women's conference title. The Pirates scored 37 points to nip Whitman, second with 43 points. Whitman got all-conference performances from Kristen Ballinger (fourth), Yasmeen Colis (seventh), Shar McClune (ninth), Heather O'Moore (11th) and Michela Corcorran (12th) to take home second place.
Linfield, which got a strong performance from Marci Klimek, finished third with 83 points. Klimek, who finished last season's conference meet in third place, won Saturday's 6000-meter race in 21:50.8. Lewis & Clark was fourth with 105 points, followed by Willamette with 112, Pacific Lutheran 161, Puget Sound 169 and Pacific 215. George Fox did not have enough runners for a complete team.
Frosh Suzy Olsen led the Lutes, placing 17th with a time of 23:23.80. Rounding out the top five for the Lutes were Katie Gebert, 31st in a time of 23:59.70, Mary Wuest, 32nd in 24:02.40, Kayley Turner, 39th in 24:30.20, and Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, 49th in 24:50.80.
The top seven finishers earn spots on the All-NWC First Team. Runners in spots eight through 14 receive All-NWC Second-Team honors.
With four runners finishing in the top 10, Willamette reclaimed its spot as the Northwest Conference men's cross country champions, after falling to Whitworth last season. With runners finishing second through fourth, the Bearcats won the meet with 32 points, followed by Whitworth with 71 points. Linfield placed third with 89 points, followed by Whitman 111, Lewis & Clark 141, Puget Sound 160, PLU 166, Pacific 212 and George Fox 225.
The University of Puget Sound's Francis Reynolds repeated as conference champion, once again running away from the pack to take the title with a time of 25:00.71 over the 8000-meter course.
PLU's top finisher was John Phillips who placed 26th with a time of 27:14.10. The other top five finishers for the Lutes were Sean Andrascik, 29th in 27:18.80, Orion Bras, 37th in 27:43.03, Justin Barth, 41st in 27:52.65 and Barrett Bollen, 49th in 28:10.81.
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