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PLU Women Place 16th, Men 17th at Sundodger

Eric Herde

Race results

SEATTLE - Pacific Lutheran placed 16th in the women's division and 17th in the men's standings at the Sundodger Invitational cross country meet held Saturday morning at Lincoln Park.

Lewis & Clark, led by race winner Emily Thomas, won the women's division with a total of 62 points, and the Lutes were well back with 426 points in the 19-team event. Other Northwest Conference finishers were Linfield in fourth with 133, Whitman in fifth with 176, Whitworth ninth with 242, Puget Sound 12th with 321, and Pacific 14th with 367.

Amanda Wilson ran at the front for the first time this season for the Lutes, placing 67th overall with a time of 24:02.48 over the 6000-meter course. Amanda Seely was 69th in 24:05.93, followed by Lauren Knebel, 80th in 24:12.46. Rounding out the PLU performers were Madison Guscott, 176th overall in 26:11.92, Jennifer Arbaugh, 181st in 26:24.10, Alyssa Rowland, 183rd in 26:27.78, Chiara Rose-Witt, 189th in 26:43.91, Karissa Jackson, 194th in 27:07.25, and Tara Glynn, 213th in 32:24.77.

British Columbia was the men's team champion with 48 points, while PLU ended up with 419 in the 22-team competition. Other NWC teams showed Whitworth in sixth with 212, Puget Sound seventh with 219, Lewis & Clark 10th with 265, Linfield 11th with 300, Pacific 14th with 383 and Whitman 15th with 392.

Alan DenAdel led the PLU men and was among the top race finishers, ending up 15th overall in a time of 25:30.13 over 8000 meters. Kolter Grigsby finished 54th overall in 26:17.26, but there was a big dropoff after that for the Lutes. Jordan Steves was 145th in 27:39.12, followed by Kyle Smith, 177th in 28:28.62, and Eric Herde, 198th in 29:02.59. Other PLU runners were Joseph Mungai, 214th in 30:15.77, Matt Beal, 216th in 30:24.93, and Andrew Jensen, 222nd in 31:39.00.

PLU hosts a high school invitational next Saturday before hosting its annual cross country invitational starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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