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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
WSU's Paul Finishes Second at Sundodger Cross Country Invite
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/16/2006
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Sept. 16, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - Cougar Haley Paul placed second overall and led the Washington State women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish, and the WSU men were third, at the University of Washington's Sundodger Invitational Meet held Saturday morning at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

Paul, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., ran the 6000m course in a time of 20-minutes, 31 seconds. Two Cougar teammates had top-20 finishes as Collier Lawrence (Reno, Nev.) finished ninth and Isley Gonzalez 16th. Meghan Leonard, placed 28th and Kelly Ramirez, 29th, were the final Cougar scorers overall.

"The women did well. I was very pleased with them and thought this was the first time we really ran up to our capability in the four years I've been here," Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake said.

Michigan won the women's team title with a score of 27 while Club Northwest was second at 69, Washington third with 70 points and WSU fourth with 77 points.

"Isley Gonzalez, Meghan Leonard and Kelly Ramirez, along with Haley, were very good in doing what they were supposed to do and they did it," Drake said. "Freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake was right there with Kelly and Meghan so she ran very well as well. It was a great effort by all the Cougar women running today."

The Cougar men's team finished third with 85 points on the 8000m course, behind Chico State (40) and Washington (82).

WSU's Andrew Jones,(Gillette, Wyo.) finished seventh with a time of 24-minutes and 16 seconds as the top finisher on the men's side. Drew Polley, ninth, Daniel Geib, 15th, Chris Williams, 18th and Chris Concha 38th, rounded out the top five Cougar finishers. Sam Ahlbeck, 26th ran unattached.

"Chris Williams had fantastic day and was the fourth Cougar runner to finish the race," Drake said. "Our fifth runner, Chris Concha, was back but the good news was Sam Albeck, running unattached was 26th in the race. To see Sam 10 seconds behind Williams and Chris, that was encouraging."

Woody Favinger and Alex Grant did not run today, as Drake is trying to keep the number of competitions down for these Cougar runners.

The Washington State cross country teams will compete next at the Montana Invitational Meet, Sept. 30 at Missoula.

September 16, 2006

Sundodger Men's Invitational (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash. 8,000m) Men's Top Team Results: 1. Chico State 40, 2. Washington 82, 3. Washington State 85, 4. UC Riverside 114, 5. UC Davis 122, 6. Club Northwest 135, 7. Boise State 164, 8. Idaho 228, 9. Gonzaga 250, 10. Santa Clara 275, 11. Seattle RC 307, 12. Portland State 331 Top Five Individuals: 1. Scotty Bauhs (Chico State) 23:43; 2. Forest Braden (Boise State) 23:59; 3. Chris Ferren-Cirino (UC Davis) 24:04; 4. Charlie Serrano (Chico State) 24:08; 5. Mike Heidt (Club Northwest) 24:14. WSU Results: 7. Andrew Jones 24:16; 9. Drew Polley 24:22; 15. Daniel Geib 24:36; 18. Chris Williams 24:53; 38. Chris Concha 25:05; 47. Evan Blanshan 25:23; 51. Dominic Smargiassi 25:26. WSU running unattached: 26. Sam Ahlbeck 24:53; 45. Luke Lemenager 25:16; 60. Derry Betts 25:36.

Sundodger Women's Invitational (Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash. 6,000m) Women's Top Team Results: 1. Michigan 27, 2. Club Northwest 69, 3. Washington 70, 4. Washington State 77, 5. UC Riverside 144, 6. Oregon State 205, 7. Portland 241, 8. Santa Clara 256, 9. Seattle RC 275, 10. Idaho 284, 11. Boise State 285, 12. UC Davis 312, 13. Portland State 314, 14. Gonzaga 388. Top Five Individuals: 1. Erin Webster (Michigan) 20:17; 2. Haley Paul (WSU) 20:31; 3. Dee Olson (Unattached) 20:43; 4. Nicole Edwards (Michigan) 20:54; 5. Alyson Kohlmeier (Michigan) 20:58. WSU Results: 2. Haley Paul 20:31; 9. Collier Lawrence 21:17; 16. Isley Gonzalez 21:26; 28. Meghan Leonard 21:36; 29. Kelly Ramirez 21:37; 33. Chelsea VanDeBrake 21:41 ; 63. Kayle Peterson 22:22; 119. Karen DeMartini 23:50; 131. Piper Marshall 24:39. WSU running unattached: 62. Becky Williams 22:21, Lisa Egami 22:31, 94. Stephanie Sipes 22:59.

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