Sept. 6, 2002
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State's Danny Wolf captured the opening race of the season for the Cougars with a time of 20:05 at the Idaho Invitational, Friday. Meanwhile, on the women's side, the Cougars used some solid performances to topple Gonzaga 15-40.
The WSU men swept Idaho (21-35), Gonzaga (17-42) and Portland State (22-33). The Cougar women were defeated by Idaho (16-41) and Portland State (23-32).
Wolf, a sophomore, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as he cruised to the victory. Senior Mark Wicklander also finished strong in the meet earning a fourth place finish. Sophomore Mike Heidt also contributed well in the race and was pulling away into second place until a wrong turn on the course cost him 20 seconds and dropped him into fifth for the meet. Ian Johnson also had tough race but managed to finish in seventh place. Other Cougar runners included freshman Reid Carrell finishing 13th and sophomore Justin Ireland finishing 20th.
On the women's side first year coach Jason Drake was pleased with the performance of his women despite an early season lack of numbers. Leading the way for the Cougars was junior Anna Blue with a time of 15:21, good enough for eighth place. Fellow junior Ana Cabrera made a big improvement over her time in last year's race and finished in 15:37 placing her 13th. Sophomore Molly Bull was right behind Cabrera finishing 14th and improving her time by close to a minute over last year in the same race. Also with good finishes for the Cougars were Julia Corbett (16th), Hilary Smith (22nd) and Hailey Young (47th).
Next up for the Cougars is the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 28.
Idaho Cross Country Invitational (Idaho Golf Course, Moscow, Idaho, 4 miles) September 6, 2002 Men's Team Results: WSU 21, Idaho 35; WSU 17, Gonzaga 42; WSU 22, Portland State 33 Top Five Individuals: 1. Danny Wolf (WSU) 20:05; 2. Jan Eitel (Idaho) 20:39; 3. Mike Kebbe (PSU) 20:41; 4. Mike Wicklander (WSU) 20:43; 5. Mike Heidt (WSU) 20:46. WSU Results: 1. Danny Wolf 20:05; 4. Mike Wicklander 20.43; 5. Mike Heidt 20:46; 7. Ian Johnson 20:49; 13. Reid Carrell 21:15; 20. Justin Ireland 21:34.
Idaho Cross Country Invitational (Idaho Golf Course, Moscow, Idaho, 4,000 meters) September 6, 2002 Women's Team Results: WSU 15, Gonzaga 40; Idaho 16, WSU 41; Portland State 23, WSU 32. Top Five Individuals: 1. Letiwe Marakurwa (Idaho) 14:39; 2. Tania Vander Meulen (Idaho) 14:45; 3. Daniela Pogorzelski (Idaho) 15:03; 4. Jennie Rodgers (PSU) 15:05; 5. Bevin Kennelly (Idaho) 15:08. WSU Results: 8. Anna Blue 15:21; 13. Ana Cabrera 15:37; 14. Molly Bull 15:44; 16. Julia Corbett 15:46; 22. Hillary Smith 15:58; 47. Hailey Young 17:14.