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Cougar Runners Nab Second-Place Finishes at Bulldog Invitational

September 6, 1997

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State's Chris Charles and Crystal Malgesini placed second individually in their respective races while leading the Cougar cross country teams to a pair of second-place showings Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational.

The Community Colleges of Spokane swept both races held at Finch Arboretum. CCS led the men's team scoring with 20 points, followed by WSU with 37 points and host Gonzaga with 80. In the women's race, CCS led with 26 points, WSU had 35 and Gonzaga 66.

Charles, a Cougar sophomore from Bainbridge Island, Wash., was the runner-up as he crossed 26 seconds behind Shawn Beitlespacher of CCS who won the men's four-mile race with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds.

Erika Colin of CCS clocked a winning time of 16:16 in the women's 2.5-mile race, 15 seconds ahead of Malgesini, who made her WSU debut.

MEN'S RESULTS - BULLDOG INVITATIONAL (Spokane, Wash., Finch Arboretum, 4 miles)
Team Results (3) -
1, Community Colleges of Spokane 20. 2, Washington State 37. 3, Gonzaga 80.
Medalist - 1, Shawn Beitlespacher, CCS, 21:37
WSU Runners - 2, Chris Charles 22:03. 6, Eric Allwine 22:35. 8, Justin Murray 22:40. 10, Josh Mattson 23:15. 11, David Jungk 23:21. 12, Rob Harris 23:26.

WOMEN'S RESULTS - BULLDOG INVITATIONAL (Spokane, Wash., Finch Arboretum, 2.5 miles)
Team Results (3) -
1, Community Colleges of Spokane 26. 2, Washington State 35. 3, Gonzaga 66.
Medalist - 1, Erika Colin, CCS, 16:16
WSU Runners - 2, Crystal Malgesini 16:31. 5, Lisa Schaures 16:57. 6, Lisa Chaffe 17:06. 8, Shannon Bonogofski 17:18. 14, Sara Legerski 17:50. 19, Shelly Bonogofski 18:38.

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