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Lafler and Roberts Lead Cross Country at Pre-Nationals
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/16/2010
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Oct. 16, 2010

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Running under sunny skies and very warm temperatures among the nation's best, Washington State men's cross country team finished 23rd and the women's team finished 34th at the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute.

Jono Lafler (junior, Maple Valley, Wash.) was the first Cougar man to cross the finish line, placing 52nd in the White Race, running the 8000m course in a time of 24 minutes, 35.5 seconds. Justin Englund was the next WSU man to finish, taking 82nd (24:51.9), followed by David Hickerson 110th (25:08.8), Matt Cronrath 129th (25:8.8), and Drew Jordan 181st (25:55.9). Sophomore Andrew Kimpel stepped in a hole about 600m from the start, was taken off the course by the local medical personnel via cart but is walking on his own for the trip home and will be evaluated upon his return to Pullman.

Samuel Chelanga from Liberty led from the starting gun and won the men's White Race individual title in a time of 23:199.9. The No. 16 Oklahoma men won the White Race with a score of 106, followed by No. 19 BYU (138), No. 4 Colorado (140), No. 8 Portland (146), and No. 13 North Carolina State (177). The WSU men scored 554 for 23rd place out of the 36 teams in the White Race. The No. 1Stanford men won the Blue Race as a trio of Cardinal men finished first through third.

"It was really unfortunate that Andrew stepped in a hole in the ground about 600 meters out and he was running right off of Jono. That was a big swing in our points," Cougar Head Coach Peter Julian said. "We should have run a lot better but last year we came to this meet and ran incredible and then didn't do well at the Pac-10s. We want to reverse that this year. We have a good team but had a rough day."

Freshman Ruby Roberts (Kingston, Wash.) was the first Cougar woman to finish in the 6000m White Race, placing 135th with a time of 22:08.6. Roberts was followed by Sarah Bobbe in 147th (22:15.4), Caroline Austin in 156th (22:20.1), Allison Clark in 162nd (22.21.8), and Emily Farrar in 226th (23:06.0). Finishing out of the scoring Saturday were Ashlee Wall Eskelsen (248th) and Courtney Zalud (271st).

Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook won the women's White Race with a time of 20:08.1. The No. 5 Georgetown team won the women's team title with 100 points followed by No. 9 Colorado (123), No. 17 Stanford (125), No. 12 Stony Brook (216), and No. 26 Minnesota (241). No. 3 Florida State won the women's Blue Race.

At the Inland Northwest Classic meet in Cheney, Andrew Gonzales finished the 8000m race in third place in a time of 24:51.9. Running for the WSU men were Kyle Boe 6th (25:11.9), Mack Young 27th (25:41.6), Richard Shroy 36th (26:00.2), Joe Abbott 39th (26:09.3), Trevor Thompson 54th (26:46.0), and Wilder Schaaf 79th (27:51.5).

In the women's 5000m race, Ramona Morshead finished 15th (19:01.3), Amanda Andrews 29th (19:40.1), Alyssa Andrews 37th (19:48.8), and Michelly Foley 60th (20:46.4)

The Pacific-10 Conference Championships are the next race for the Cougars, Oct. 30 in Seattle.

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