Willamette Men and Women Win NWC Championships; Symmonds Wins Men's Race, McHattie Captures Women's Title

SALEM, OR — Nick Symmonds won the men’s race to lead the Willamette University men’s cross country team to its fifth consecutive Northwest Conference championship, and sophomore Sarah Zerzan led the women to their fourth straight title at the Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday at Bush Park in Salem.

Lewis & Clark’s Carla McHattie won the women’s race, and the Pioneers had three of the top seven finishers, to finish second behind the Bearcats.

The wins mark the 16th and 17th straight conference title for Willamette in track and field and cross country

McHattie won the 6K race in a time of 22:05.40. Zerzan finished second in 22:12.20 and Tamma Carleton finished third (22:17.50).

Willamette’s five top finishers were all in the top 16 of the race as the Bearcats tallied 51 points. The Pioneers were second with 75 points and Whitworth finished third with 94 points.

On the men’s side, Symmonds (pictured above) won his first conference title in cross country, finishing four seconds ahead of Puget Sound’s Frank Prince. Symmonds ran the 8K course in 28:18.10.

The top five Willamette men all finished in the top ten as the Bearcats won comfortably with 26 points. UPS was second with 46 points and the Whitworth men finished third with 100 points.

Doug Blackburn of Whitworth finished third in 25:26.00, just a 1/10 second ahead of Willamette’s Ian Batch (25:26.10). Bearcat freshman Trista Knutson-Lombardo finished fifth in 25:33.30.

The top 14 finishers in each race earn All-NWC honors.

Men’s All-NWC Team:

1 Symmonds, Nick Willamette 25:18.10
2 Prince, Frank Puget Sound 25:22.00
3 Blackburn, Doug Whitworth 25:26.00
4 Batch, Ian Willamette 25:26.10
5 Knutson-Lombardo, Trista Willamette 25:33.30
6 Reichart, Kota Puget Sound 25:41.90
7 Harris, Travis Willamette 25:47.90
8 Pollard, Dan Puget Sound 25:51.90
9 Clough, Josh Willamette 25:58.80
10 Ruiz, Carlos Willamette 26:02.20
11 Sasaki, Kent Linfield 26:07.70
12 Edson, Josh Willamette 26:10.90
13 Hanlin, Trevor Puget Sound 26:13.80
14 Grassley, Jeff Whitworth 26:15.60

MEN TEAM Scores
1. Willamette 26
2. UPS 46
3. Whitworth 100
4. Linfield 122
5. L&C 138
6. GFU 166
7 Whitman 171
8. PLU 183

Women’s All-NWC Team:
1 McHattie, Carla Lewis & Clark Co 22:05.40
2 Zerzan, Sarah Willamette 22:12.20
3 Carleton, Tamma Lewis & Clark Co 22:17.50
4 Dickey, Kristi Whitworth 22:25.70
5 Lauterbach, Julie Whitworth 22:39.60
6 Murphy, Joanna Linfield College 22:40.10
7 Sbordone, Laura Lewis & Clark Co 22:45.40
8 Hart, Elizabeth Willamette 22:53.80
9 Orzell, Sarah Puget Sound 22:54.70
10 Mentaberry, Whitney Linfield College 22:56.20
11 Coffman, Maddie Willamette 22:58.20
12 Roberts, Liana Puget Sound 22:58.30
13 Shosky, Shana Pacific U. 23:01.30
14 Maki, Alison Willamette 23:15.10

WOMEN TEAM Scores:
1. Willamette 51
2. L&C 75
3. Whitworth 94
4. Linfield 98
5. George Fox 110
6. UPS 138
7. Whitman 189
8. Pacific 190
9. PLU 196