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October 9, 2010

Saint Martin's, Clark College Win PLU Invite Titles

Clark College won the women's team title and Saint Martin's nipped Clark by one point to take the men's crown at the PLU Cross Country Invitational held Saturday morning at University Golf Course.

Pacific Lutheran came in as the defending champion in both divisions, but neither team could retain their title as the women placed second while the men finished third.

In the six-team women's race, Clark College had two of the top four finishers to score 33 points, followed by PLU with 49, Saint Martin's with 52, Green River CC with 119, Highline CC with 128 and Olympic College with 154.

Katie Gebert placed sixth overall and Suzy Olsen was seventh to lead the Lutes. Gebert finished the 6000-meter course in a time of 23:28.52, followed by Olsen in 23:51.00. Rounding out the top five for PLU were Erinn Kuest, 12th in a time of 24:31.44, Allison Young, 14th in a time of 24:42.95, and Erica Johnson, 18th in a time of 25:04.95. The overall women's race winner was Kristi Houk, competing unattached, in a time of 22:37.76.

In the seven-team men's competition, Saint Martin's had the top three finishers on its way to scoring 52 points, one point better than Clark College. Kyle Van Santen won the 8000-meter race with a time of 26:06.44.

Rounding out the team scores were PLU with 71, Highline CC with 81, Olympic College with 119, Green River CC with 125, and Skagit Valley CC with 184.

Leading the PLU men was John Phillips, sixth overall in a time of 27:13.09, followed by Alan DenAdel, 12th in a time of 27:36.71. Rounding out the Lutes' top five finishers were Sean Andrascik, 17th with a time of 27:50.04, Kolter Grigsby, 19th in a time of 28:13.83, and Nathaniel Allen-Slaba, 20th in a time of 28:18.13.

The Lutes have the next two weekends off to prepare for the Northwest Conference Championships, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

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