SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State men’s cross country team took second and the women’s team took sixth at the Sundodger Invitational meet held at Lincoln Park Saturday morning.
Senior Andrew Gonzales was the top Cougar men’s finisher and eighth overall with an 8000m time of 24 minutes13.56 seconds.
Other Cougars competing Saturday in team race finish order were Forrest Shaffer 11th (24:14.23), Lee George 12th (24:16.01), John Whelan 20th (24:29.45), Conner Johnsen 34th (24:56.86), Jackson Haselnus 38th (25:04.18), Todd Wakefield 44th (25:15.78), and Alex Simpson 86th (27:37.50).
“On the men’s side, I was happy with our place, but was disappointed on how a number of guys ran complacent which you can’t do against a good team like Washington,” Cougar cross country coach Tim Riley said. “Forrest Shaffer and Andrew Gonzales each ran a great race and I thought the freshman guys did well for their first 8000m.”
Washington (30) edged out WSU (52) to take the win. The two were followed by Gonzaga (57), Idaho (101), Club Northwest (137), and Seattle University (167).
WSU sophomore CharLee Linton led the women’s team and finished 20th with a 6000m time of 21:52. Following Linton were Courtney Zalud 32nd (22:06), Emily Dwyer 33rd (22:07), Kiah Condos 35th (22:09), Abby Knight 36th (22:12), Steffie Pavey 63rd (23:19), Ashlie Standow 68th (23:37), Jordin Stephenson 71st (23:43), Amanda Henderson 74th (23:50), and Alexys Garcia 76th (24:05).
“I was happy with how the Cougs worked together throughout the race. I thought they were a little too conservative in the middle which is where the points got away from us. CharLee Linton, Emily Dwyer, Kiah Condos, and Abby Knight keep progressing which is what we need,” Riley said.
Nationally ranked No. 5 Washington won the women’s team title with 19 points followed by Oregon State (58), Idaho (87), Gonzaga (110), Seattle University (120), Washington State (146), and Eastern Washington (219).
The next race for the WSU cross country team will be September 21 at the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational in Spokane Valley, Wash.