Eastern opens 2015 Cross Country season at Clash of the Inland Northwest
Colfax, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University cross country teams kicked off the season Tuesday (Sept. 1) at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Colfax, Wash. Top performers for the Eagles during their first meet of the season were senior Catie Arrigoni and junior Isaac Kitzan, who finished eighth and 26th with times of 14:09.75 and 18:52.89 respectfully.
The women's team, who was picked to finish fourth in the Big Sky Conference season this year, had five finishers in the top 20. The Eagles defeated Idaho (24-31) and Gonzaga (26-29) in dual-meet scoring. The men's team, who was picked to finish fifth this season, defeated Idaho (23-37).
What's Next . . .
The Eagles will stay home for their next meet on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational at Plantes Ferry in Spokane, Wash.
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Top Performers . . .
Arrigoni was the top finisher for the women's team, with last year's Big Sky Champion junior Sarah Reiter finishing just under two minutes (14:11.07) behind Arrigoni to place tenth. Seniors Berenice Penaloza and Mayra Chavez worked together during the meet to place 13th and 14th respectfully, with times of 14:27.43 and 14:27.53, just one tenth of a second away from each other. Freshman Chelsea Ribeiro showed off her speed this race, finishing 18th with a time of 14:41.58.
On the men's side, Kitzan was the top finisher for the Eagles. Close behind his was sophomore Austin Oser, placing 30th with a time of 19:03.84. Also finishing with times under 19:30.00 were junior Stephen Bottoms (34th, 19:12.40) and senior Aaron Brenton (37th, 19:16.77).
Team Scoring . . .
Women: EWU 26, Gonzaga 29; EWU 24, Idaho 31; WSU 22, EWU 33
Men: Gonzaga 15, EWU 50; EWU 23, Idaho 37; WSU 15, EWU 50
Other EWU Finishers . . .
Women . . .
37. Bri Gibson 15:21.00
62. Keeley Davidson (unattached) 16:30.35
65. Cynthia Guzman 16:36.83
67. Michaela Chucka 16:37.64
Did not compete: Katie Mahoney, Paula Gil-Echevarria, Kari Scharnhorst, Jami Klicker, Katie Lynch, Michelle Abunaja, Rebecca Pardis
Men . . .
44. Alex Kimsey 19:31.38
51. Daniel Schofield 19:48.10
57. Dallas Snider 19:48.10
60. Logan Stahl (unattached) 20:09.91
61. Daniel Sanchez (unattached) 20:17.07
63. Zebulon Klemke (unattached) 20:20.70
72. Nik Taylor 21:04.94
Comments From Head Coach Chris Shane . . .
"We had a nice day today as a team. With the length of the cross country season, I like to use these first couple of meets and dial it back a bit. Our game plan on the women's side was to go at a nice controlled rhythm through the first 2k of the race and then open it up and race through the 4k finish. The ladies executed the race plan to perfection; we got some good work in today in a very specific training environment. Our gap from our number one runner to our number 5 runner today was 32 seconds, which is pretty darn good. We had a couple women I decided not to run today who would have made that 1-5 gap closer to 18 seconds. That will prove to be our trump card as we get into bigger competitions where runners are crossing the finish line at one per second. I was most pleased today with Mayra Chavez, who is at the top of her game in her final season, she will continue to improve as the season progresses. I was also very happy with the result of both of our freshman girls. Neither Chelsea nor Bri were intimidated by their first collegiate race, they can expect big things here at EWU during their career."
"On the men's side of things we had a similar game plan as the women. The men's race went out a bit faster putting us a bit further back in the pack. The men ran smooth through 3k and then began to work on racing and finishing hard. We definitely have room to improve as a whole. However, there were some very solid performances. Isaac Kitzan and Austin Oser ran very well for us today. They will both continue to make huge strides as we get deeper into our training plan this season. Aaron Brenton and Stephen Bottoms were both very solid today."
"Overall, I had three goals for this meet: Get a specific training stimulus in without overdoing it, escape the day free from injury, and learn what we need to know in order to get better."
"We did all three and I'm confident we have what it takes to take our game to the next level come mid-season."