SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Washington State men’s and women’s cross country teams, running without some of their most experienced racers from last season, opened the 2013 season at the Clash of the Inland Northwest meet at Mead High School Saturday morning.
Junior Lee George (Ferndale, Wash.) was the top Cougar to finish in the men’s 6000m race at fifth place in a time of 18 minutes 28 seconds. WSU took seventh through 10th places in this order: Forrest Shaffer (sophomore, Petaluma, Calif.) in a time of 18:36.0, Andrew Gonzales (senior, Kennewick, Wash.) 18:50.0, John Whelan (freshman, Etna, Calif.) 18:50.0, and Conner Johnsen (freshman, Bellingham, Wash.). Lewis-Clark State’s Sam Atkin won the men’s race in a time of 18:15.0. Andrew Kimpel (Spokane, Wash.), the 2012 men’s winner, finished fourth Saturday, running unattached as he only has track eligibility remaining at WSU.
In the reported dual meet team scoring, the Washington State men defeated Eastern Washington 15-41 and downed Idaho 15-40 but was narrowly edged by the Gonzaga men 26-29. The rest of the men’s dual scoring was: Gonzaga 19 EWU 40; Gonzaga 19 Idaho 39; and EWU 27 Idaho 28.
Senior Courtney Zalud (Colbert, Wash.) was the first Cougar woman to finish the 4000m course at eighth place overall in a time of 14:47.0. Sophomores CharLee Linton (Shorewood, Wash.) was 11th (14:50.0), Kiah Condos (Liberty Lake, Wash.) was 17th (15:01.0), Emily Dwyer (Sammamish, Wash.) was 22nd (15:10.0) and Abby Knight (Vancouver, Wash.) was 26th (15:15.0). Idaho’s Halie Raudenbush won the women’s title in a time of 14:20.0.
The women’s dual meet team scoring was: WSU 25 EWU 32; Gonzaga 23 EWU 42; Gonzaga 22 Idaho 36; Gonzaga 18 WSU 42; Idaho 23 EWU 36; and Idaho 24 WSU 33.
“I was happy with the day overall,” Cougar cross country coach Tim Riley said. “The women ran great for this time of the year and when you throw i Ruby Roberts in the mix we would have scored much better than last year. I was a little disappointed on the men’s side as I thought we had a good chance to beat Gonzaga without Todd Wakefield and Drew Jordan but hats off to the Zags as they looked good today.”
The next race for the Cougar harriers will be September 14 at the Sundodger Invitational ata Lincoln Park in Seattle.