Bearcat Men Win Open Division at Sundodger Invitational; Women Finish Fourth

Seattle, WA — The Willamette University men’s cross country team finished first in the Open Division and the women finished fourth as the Bearcats kicked off their cross country season at the Sundodger Invitational at the University of Washington Saturday.

Leading the winning men’s team was five-time NCAA Division III outdoor track and field national champion Nick Symmonds (JR., Boise, ID), who finished the 8000-meter course in 24:49, good for second place overall.

Also running strong in the race were veterans Scott Overby (11 th-25:07), Carlos Ruiz (12 th-25:10, SR., Salem, OR), and Ian Batch (13 th-25:11, SO., Boise, ID). Freshman Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (Juneau, AK) finished in 21st place with a time of 25:35.

Just a few seconds back was 2005 NWC 1500m champ Julio Vieyra (Salem, OR). Vieyra covered the Sundodger course in 25:42, finishing in 26th place. Josh Clough (FR., Auburn, WA)rounded out the top seven with a time of 25:49 (38th place).

Three of the top six Bearcat women were freshmen and each one of them worked at moving up in the second half of the race as planned. Sophomore Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA) finished 12th (22:33), followed by junior Elizabeth Hart’s (Spokane, WA) 41st place effort (23:20), and two freshmen in 43 rd and 44th place.

Maddie Coffman (FR., Boise, ID) ran the 6000-meter course in 23:21. Finishing right on Coffman’s shoulder was fellow freshman Ali Maki. Sophomore Ashley Sharratt (Union, OR) had her best collegiate race to date, rounding out the top five, by running to 48th place in 23:26.