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SEATTLE, Wash. - Brad Hodkinson captured another top 10 finish, leading the Pacific Lutheran University men's cross country squad to a fourth place finish on Saturday at the Emerald City Open.
"The Emerald City Open was true cross country - rain, mud, wind, and hills. It wasn't a day for fast times or personal records, but the Lutes did a great job of embracing the challenges of the day and competing to the best of our ability," said Head Coach Adam Frye.
Hodkinson toured the looping 8,000-meter course at Lower Woodland Park in 26 minutes, 45 seconds, placing 10th overall and third among collegiate competitors. Kyle Rapacz was 24th in 27:46 while Porter Kreier was a few seconds back in 26th (27:52). Bo Frohock was 31st (28:15) with Chris Nussbaum rounding out the scoring contingent. The freshman crossed the tape 37th overall in 28:36.
"I saw a lot of great things out of our men's team today. Kyle Rapacz is a model of consistency and executed his race beautifully today. Charlie Mogen had his best race of the season and it was great to see Matthew Macfarlane return after an injury."
The Lutes collected 102 points in the team standings, finishing fourth overall at the 10-team event, and second among college teams. Club Northwest won the team title with 18 points while Division I Seattle University was the top intercollegiate outfit, placing runner-up with 51 points. Club Northwest's Drew Polley won the race, stopping the clock in 25:33.
The Lutes begin the postseason in two weeks, traveling to Newberg, Oregon for the Northwest Conference Championships.