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October 12, 2012

One More Warmup Before NWC Race for Thinclads

COMING UP: Pacific Lutheran has one more "warmup" ahead of the Northwest Conference Championships, and that race happens on Saturday when the Lutes face four other NWC schools at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.

RACE FACTS: The Lewis & Clark Invitational will be held at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore. The men's 8000-meter event gets underway at 11 a.m., and the women's 6000-meter race is scheduled to start at noon. In addition to the Lutes, conference teams entered in the Lewis & Clark Invitational are the host school, Linfield, Puget Sound and Whitman.

GETTING NWC RACE READY: PLU runners will use this Saturday's race as an opportunity to fine tune their preparation for the Northwest Conference Championships, which are scheduled for Oct. 27 at Sunset Grove Golf Course in Forest Grove, Ore. Additionally, the L&C event provides another opportunity for the Lutes to see where they stack up against half of the conference schools they will face at the end of October.

RECENT APPEARANCES: Pacific Lutheran has competed at the Lewis & Clark Invitational a total of four times going back to the 2004 season, the most recent in 2009.

LUTES AT WWU: Pacific Lutheran placed ninth out of 11 women's teams and 12th out of 16 men's teams at the 39th Annual WWU Invitational Cross Country meet held last Saturday at Lake Padden Park. Alaska Anchorage won its third consecutive women's team title with 41 points, followed by British Columbia with 57 and Simon Fraser with 85. PLU scored 265 points in finishing ninth. Amanda Wilson was Pacific Lutheran's top finisher, placing 57th out of 122 runners with a time of 24:34 over the 6000-meter course. Amanda Seely placed 65th in 25:00, followed by Lauren Knebel in 70th with a time of 25:11. Victoria ended a two-year run atop the men's division for Alaska Anchorage, Victoria scoring 37 points and Anchorage ending up with 40. Western Washington placed third with 80 points, while PLU ended up with 299 points in placing 12th. Alan DenAdel led PLU in this 10,000-meter race, crossing the finish line in 46th place with a time of 32:58. Kolter Grigsby placed 82nd out of 178 runners with a time of 33:57.  

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