Sept. 25, 2010
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Washington State freshman Ruby Roberts and junior Justin Englund won the individual titles and led their Cougar teams to wins Saturday under sunny skies and 80 degrees at the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational Cross Country meet at Plantes Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.
Roberts, from Kingston, Wash., won the women's 5000m race with a time of 18-minutes, 26.71 seconds. Cougar teammate Caroline Austin (sophomore, Chehalis) was second, just 15 seconds back.
Englund, from Federal Way, Wash., won the men's 8000m in a time of 25:14.11, with Cougar sophomore Andrew Kimpel (Spokane), running unattached, second by 3 seconds.
The Cougar women's team won with a team score of 30 followed by Gonzaga (61), Whitworth (84), Lewis-Clark State (97), Spokane CC (158) and Central Washington (187). The WSU men's team won with a team score of 19 followed by Lewis-Clark State (74), Gonzaga (98), Whitworth (98), Spokane CC (130), and Central Washington (217).
"The women looked strong and in control," Cougar Head Coach Pete Julian said. "The women's team has certainly tremendously improved from a year ago. I think they are starting to get excited about their potential. It was a very good, strong showing and it was nice to be up in Spokane where we can go up and compete and be back home by the afternoon. On the men's side, it was a really tough week of training so we eased our way through it and by the end we had the top three. Everybody looked really strong. It was the first time I've really seen Justin Englund run with so much control and poise. He is really stepping into the role we envisioned for him to be filling this year. We are excited and we're looking forward to the next race."
The next race for the Cougar women harriers and a few men's team members will be October 2, at the Montana Invitational in Missoula.