Sept. 15, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Washington State senior Caroline Austin took the lead early and won the WCC Preview Cross Country meet Saturday running the 6000 meters course at Portland's Fernhill Park in a time of 21-minutes, 3.97 seconds.
This was the second consecutive cross country win for Austin, from Chehalis, Wash., this season. She also crossed the line first at the Clash of the Inland NW 4k race two weeks ago at Mead.
"It was a well laid out race that played to my strengths because I can break down a race that's done in loops better," Austin said. "I felt strong and had some fun out there today. I also liked how strongly our freshmen handled their first 6k. It shows a lot of promise for our team."
WSU freshman Emily Dwyer was the second Cougar and 29th overall to finish in a time of 22:34.03. Other Cougars competing Saturday in team race finish order were Ruby Roberts 32nd (22:37.96), Courtney Zalud 41st (22:50.24), Abby Knight 52nd (22:04.52), Kiah Condos 57th (23:09.40), Amanda Henderson 66th (23:34.24), Marisa Stoick 68th (23:47.00), CharLee Linton 69th (23:47.78), and Hailey Gibson 82nd (24:27.62).
"Caroline looked great and ran a controlled race, running really smart so I was happy with her effort and ability to close out a race like she did today," Cougar Cross Country Coach Tim Riley said. "Emily Dwyer ran great today in the first 6k race for all the freshmen. They were a little nervous but they all did really well. Courtney Zalud did a great job with our chase pack and really got Emily Dwyer up in the higher finishers through the race."
Gonzaga won the women's team title with 29 points followed by Loyola Marymount (53), Chico State (99), Portland (103), Santa Clara (123), and Washington State finished sixth at 132.
University of Portland's Scott Fauble won the men's 8k in a time of 23:25.09 and the UP Pilots won the men's team title with 22 points. The Cougar men did not race this weekend.
The next race for some of the WSU men and women cross country team members will be September 22 at the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational hosted by Spokane Community College.