Bottoms and Kimsey were top finishers for men, Mahoney top finisher for women
Spokane, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University cross country team competed close to home today, racing at the Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational at Plantes Ferry in Spokane Valley, Wash., on Saturday (Sept. 19). The men's team finished third overall while the women's team finished sixth. The men's team had eight athletes compete at the meet while the women's team had five athletes.
What's Next . . .
The Eagles will take two weeks off of competition and head to Seattle on October 3, to race at the Washington Invitational at the University of Washington.
Top Performers . . .
Juniors Stephen Bottoms and Alex Kimsey were the top finishers for the men's team, finishing 15th (25:34.53) and 16th (25:40.00) respectively, in Division I results. Finishing next for the Eagle men was sophomore Austin Oser, placing 20th with a time of 25:48.26. Finishing in the top 30 for the Eagle men was junior Isaac Kitzan (26th place, 26:21.32), and senior Aaron Brenton (29th, 26:45.69).
On the women's side, senior Katie Mahoney finished first for the Eagles, placing 14th with a time of 22:03.67 in Division I results. Eastern's next finisher for the women's team was freshman Bri Gibson, who placed 32nd with a time of 23:54.77.
Seniors Berenice Penaloza, Mayra Chavez, and Catie Arrigoni, juniors Sarah Reiter, Jami Klicker, Kari Scharnhorst, Katie Lynch, Paula Gil-Echevarria, Rebecca Paradis, sophomore Michelle Abunaja, and freshman Chelsea Ribeiro didn't compete for Eastern during this meet.
Juniors Daniel Schofield, Zebulon Klemke, and Logah Stahl, and sophomore Daniel Sanchez did not compete for the men during this meet.
Team Scoring . . .
Men: BYU 16, Gonzaga 53, Eastern Washington 86, Idaho 104
Women: BYU 43, Gonzaga 44, Portland 49, Idaho 100, Pacific 140, Eastern Washington 156
Other EWU Finishers . . .
36. Dallas Snider (Jr.) 27:40.38
37. Nik Taylor (So.) 27:59.79
39. Daniel Sanchez (So.) 28:14.06
42. Michaela Chucka (Jr.) 24:50.97
43. Keeley Davidson (Jr.) 24:53.85
47. Cynthia Guzman (Sr.) 25:17.27
Comments from Head Coach Chris Shane . . .
"I thought our athletes competed well against tough competition today. It was our men's first chance to race the 8,000 meter this season and I am pleased with how they battled. We are still training very hard, so I wasn't expecting record performances but I was expecting each of them to dig down and find the will to compete like crazy. Every man on the squad did that today. I was most pleased with Stephen Bottoms and Alex Kimsey, they established themselves up in the front pack early and really battled every second to hold their position. With a top 15 nationally ranked program in the field, any finish inside of the top 20 is excellent work."
"On the women's side, this race was twofold -- get some race experience for athletes who've yet to compete this season, and solidify our travel roster for the next few meets. Katie Mahoney led the way running in the top pack for much of the race. It was a good race to knock the rust off. The rest of the women all improved on their previous performances which is what I like to see from a coaching perspective."
"With our first two races out of the way, our attention will now focus on our first invitational of the season (Oct. 3) in Seattle. This will be our first big test and I am looking forward to unleashing all our athletes in their full capacities."