Oct. 13, 2012
LEWISTON, Idaho -- The Washington State men's cross country team, led by Drew Jordan's runner-up finish, was the team winner and Caroline Austin won the women's individual title Saturday at the Inland Empire Classic cross country meet at the Lewis-Clark State College Orchards Course in Lewiston, Idaho.
Austin, a senior from Chehalis, Wash., and Ruby Roberts, a junior, Kingston, Wash., finished one-two in the women's 5000m race. This was Austin's third win of the season and she crossed the finish line in a time of 17 minute, 43 seconds. Roberts, who is coming off an injury-plagued 2011-12 year, ran a time of 17:46. Cougar women scoring with their times were Emily Dwyer (18:39, 16th), Courtney Zalud (18:58, 24th) and Abby Knight (19:20, 36th). The other WSU women and their finishes included CharLee Linton (19:31, 37th), Kiah Condos (19:40, 46th), Marisa Stoick (19:55, 57th), and Amanda Henderson (20:03, 60th).
The Gonzaga women won the team title with 37 points, followed by WSU (71), University of Calgary (83), Idaho (110), Lewis--Clark State (151), Montana (187), Whitworth (192), Eastern Oregon (193), Spokane CC (220), and Eastern Washington (225).
"I told the women to go out relaxed in the first mile and then work on the middle of the race. They followed the game plan and it panned out," Cougar cross country coach Tim Riley said. "Caroline ran a controlled and relaxed race. It was great to have the old Ruby back and see her put it together on a race day and we trained to race so it was good to see that she performed like she has in practice. Emily has stayed consistent this year and Courtney had a much better race than she did at Notre Dame so things are coming along."
Leading the WSU men's team to victory was junior Drew Jordan (Medford, Ore.) with second place and sophomore Todd Wakefield (Australia) who finished third. Jordan and Wakefield were both credited with a time of 24:35 on the 8,000m course. Andrew Gonzales finished sixth in a time of 25:00 and Andrew Kimpel, who was had some respiratory issues during dry and dusty race and nearly dropped out, also ran 25:00 and finished seventh. Forrest Shaffer's time of 25:24 was 13th and was the fifth scorer for the Cougars. Richard Shroy ran a time of 26:44 for 47th. Lee George, bothered by the dry and dusty conditions dropped out of the competition. Former EWU star Paul Limpf, running unattached, won the men's race in a time of 24:28.
The men's team scoring was WSU (24), Gonzaga (52), Montana (96), Calgary (104), LCSC (112), SCC (139), Idaho (196), Whitworth (215), and EWU (241).
"Drew and Todd ran great; really relaxed and poised," Riley said. "Kimpel really toughed it out and showed maturity out there and that's what we really needed today. Forrest really ran well today too and helped us out. I was looking for honest effort today and they ran hard. It was a nice, easy trip for us and we trained through this meet."
The WSU cross country teams compete next at the Pac-12 Championships, Oct. 27, at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif.