Eastern is ready to race at local Spokane, Wash., course at the Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational
The Eastern Washington University cross country teams will run their second race of the season at the Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational this Saturday (Sept. 19). The course is located at the Plantes Ferry course in Spokane Valley.
The men's team will start the racing for the Eagles, beginning their race at 9 a.m. with the women to follow at 9:45. The men will run an 8 kilometer race course while the women will run a 6 kilometer course through the stadium.
Top Performers . . .
During Eastern's last race (Sept. 1) at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Colfax, Wash., senior Catie Arrigoni and junior Isaac Kitzan were the top finishers for the men's and women's team. Arrigoni placed eighth with a time of 14:09.75 on the 4,000 meter course and Kitzan finished 26th with a time of 18:52.89 on the 6,000 meter course.
Other top finishers for the women's team included junior Sarah Reiter (10th place, 14:11.07), seniors Berenice Penaloza (13th place, 14:27.43) and Mayra Chavez (14th place, 14:27.53), and freshman Chelsea Ribeiro (18th place, 14:41.58).
On the men's side, other top finishers were sophomore Austin Oser (30th place, 19:03.84), junior Stephen Bottoms (34th place, 19:12.40), and senior Aaron Brenton (37th place, 19:16.77).
Comments From Head Coach Chris Shane . . .
"It is always nice to race close to home and we are looking forward to running in front of many of our Eastern Washington fans."
"We are looking forward to another nice test this weekend at the Erik Anderson Invitational. It will be our last chance to gauge our fitness before we begin our regular season. This is an important race for the athletes who are on the travel squad and I am looking forward to see who can step up."
"For our men, it will be a good chance to see how we stack up against some of the best athletes in our area. I am looking for leadership and want to see some fire this weekend."