PLU Women Wins Saint Martin's Invitational Title
LACEY - With freshman Suzy Olsen finishing first among collegiate runners, the Pacific Lutheran women's cross country team won the Saint Martin's Invitational held Saturday morning on the SMU campus.
Olsen finished the 6,000-meter course in a time of 23:56.9, with only unattached runner Karen Steen finishing ahead of the the Lutes' first-year runner from Everett. Junior Mary Wuest finished fourth overall, third among collegians, in a time of 24:48.4, as Pacific Lutheran defeated host Saint Martin's for the team title. The Lutes finished with 36 points, followed by Saint Martin's with 48, Puget Sound with 53 and Evergreen State with 93. Northwest University also competed but did not have a complete team.
The remainder of the top seven for the PLU women were as follows: Katie Gebert, ninth, 24:59.7; Erica Johnson, 17th, 26:13.9; Chiara Rose-Witt, 18th, 26:22.0; Kayley Turner, 19th, 26:26.12; and Sarah McDade, 22nd, 26:35.5. Of those top seven, Olsen, Gebert, Rose-Witt, Turner and McDade are all first-year runners for the Lutes.
In the men's race, Saint Martin's scored 32 points, followed by PLU with 49, Puget Sound with 55 and Evergreen State with 100. Lutes sophomore Sean Andrascik made up a lot of ground in the final half of the 8,000-meter race to clock 27:30.7 and lead his team with a ninth-place effort. Andrascik's strong kick down the stretch allowed him to pass teammate John Phillips, who placed 10th with a time of 27:33.7.
Freshman Kolter Grigsby had a strong first meet for PLU, placing 14th in a time of 28:44.5. Rounding out the top seven were the following: Orion Bras, 16th, 28:48.8; Barrett Bollen, 18th, 28:53.6; Nathan Page, 21st, 29:06.8; and Nate Allen-Slaba, 29:33.7.
"I was really pleased with our effort today," said PLU cross country head coach Heather Kreier. "We are starting to see how they are working together during a race. I thought that the freshmen had a strong performance today."
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