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September 20, 2011

PLU Runners Get a Preview of NWC Race Course

THIS WEEKEND: It will be a sneak peek at the Northwest Conference Championships course this coming Saturday for the Pacific Lutheran cross country teams when they compete at the Linfield Preview. The Lutes will be at Willamette Mission State Park in Brooks, Ore., the women's 6000-meter race starting at 10 a.m., followed by the men's 8000 at 11 a.m.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: PLU's participation in the Linfield Preview is a change from an early schedule that showed the Lutes running at the Saint Martin's Invitational, an event they have entered each of the past two years. The opportunity to have her charges run on the conference meet course was too good for head coach Heather Kreier to pass up.

MORE ABOUT THE PREVIEW: Five out of the nine Northwest Conference schools are scheduled to compete at the Linfield Preview. Joining the Lutes will be the George Fox Bruins, Pacific Boxers, Willamette Missionaries, and the host Linfield Wildcats. "We are looking forward to competing against more NWC competition this weekend at the Linfield College Preview," coach Kreier noted. "Running head-to-head with George Fox, Linfield, Pacific and Willamette will be exciting.  Both teams are energized and ready to compete." A total of 10 PLU women will compete this Saturday morning.

PLU MEN AT SUNDODGER: Even though there was some confusion and questions about what was released as the official results (those results were posted almost two days after the race), Pacific Lutheran finished 14th out of 21 teams in the college men's open division at the 19th Annual Sundodger Invitational. The Lutes scored 393 team points to finish ahead of Northwest Conference foes Whitman and Puget Sound. Other conference school finishes included Linfield in seventh place, Whitworth in ninth and Lewis & Clark in 12th. The overall team winner was San Francisco State with 61 points, followed by Everett CC with 132 and British Columbia with 151. Sophomore Alan DenAdel had a strong race for the Lutes, running near the front for the early portion before finally placing 20th in a time of 25:26.21. Junior Kolter Grigsby moved up into second spot on the men's team by placing 96th overall with a time of 26:36.67. Senior Sean Andrascik was PLU's third finisher, placing 121st with a time of 26:59.96. Other PLU scorers were senior Barrett Bollen, 137th in 27:24.04, and sophomore Kyle Smith, 141st in 27:31.17. Rounding out the PLU runners were Alex Martin, 173rd in 28:15.25, Nathan Brewster, 179th in 28:31.06, and Eric Herde, 202nd in 29:42.18.

PLU WOMEN AT SUNDODGER: Pacific Lutheran finished 14th out of 17 teams in the college women's open division of the 19th Annual Sundodger Invitational cross country meet held last Saturday morning at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. University of British Columbia won the event with 47 points, followed by Whitman from the Northwest Conference with 110 points. Of the six conference schools competing in the event, the Lutes finished fifth. Linfield (fifth), Whitworth (eighth) and Puget Sound (12th) finished ahead of PLU, while George Fox (16th) was behind the Lutes. Katie Gebert led the Lutes for the second consecutive race, finishing 37th overall with a time of 23:09.70 over the 6000-meter course. Suzy Olsen and Rebecca Ford ran footstep-for-footstep during the race, Olsen placing 70th in a time of 23:52.49 and Ford finishing one spot back in 23:53.01. Rounding out the top five scorers were Jennifer Arbaugh, 121st in 24:49.95, and Erinn Kuest, 122nd in 24:51.91. Other PLU finishers were the following: Erica Johnson, 126th, 25:04.08; Michelle Domini, 141st, 25:22.90; Allison Young, 142nd, 25:25.72; Maggie De La Vergne, 145, 25:41.38; and Alyssa Rowland, 149th, 26:00.69.

MORE KREIER COMMENTS: "The Sundodger meet reaped PRs by all on both squads, even though the results on my last couple of guys is in error on the results. My splits show PRs by them as well. Not to often do both teams PR at one meet. The last time was 10 years ago."

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