Zerzan Wins Women's 5K Cardinal Race in 17:20.15, as WU Takes Men's and Women's Team Titles

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) won the Women’s 5K Cardinal Race in 17:20.15 and the Bearcats claimed the men’s and women’s team titles at the 33rd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bush’s Pasture Park. Zerzan won the Women’s 5K Cardinal Race by just under 11 seconds, as she claimed her second consecutive Charles Bowles Invitational title.

Overall, the event featured approximately 1,350 runners in the four college races and two high school races. The college entries totaled about 1,120 for the second highest total in the history of the Charles Bowles Invitational.

Zerzan, who achieved first place at last year’s Charles Bowles Invitational and later won the NCAA Division III National Championship, was the only runner in this year's Women’s 5K Cardinal Race who recorded a time under 17:30. She was followed by Elizabeth Chepkosgei from the University of Alaska-Anchorage in second place at 17:31.10. Third place was claimed by Brittany Hodges from the University of Puget Sound, who clocked in at 17:37.15, less than a second in front of Amanda Phillips of Lewis & Clark College in fourth with a time of 17:37.80.

In the Women's 5K Cardinal Race, Willamette placed three runners in the top 20 and ended with six runners in the top 40. Zerzan's top finish anchored the team score,which also included Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) in seventh place at 17:51.80, Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) in 18th place with a time of 18:15.55, Molly Lewis (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) in 38th place in 18:49.00 and Carly Killam (Sr., Kailua, HI/Punahou High School) in 39th place in 18:50.35. Also joining the top 40 was Edith Polanco (Jr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) in 40th place at 18:50.80.

Ian Batch (Sr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) took fourth place in the Men’s 8K Cardinal Race. He registered a time of 24:36.95. Batch finished less than 27 seconds behind the leader, Chris Erichsen of St. John’s University (Minn.), who earned a winning time of 24:10.65. Second place went to Kelly Fermoyle of St. John’s in 24:24.40 and third place was attained by David Kiplagat of Alaska-Anchorage with a time of 24:29.05

Batch was the first of five Willamette runners in the top 20 of the Men's 8K Cardinal Race. Lucas May (So., Portland, OR/Franklin HS) crossed the finish line in 24:55.40 for ninth place. Taylor Roholt (So., Albuquerque, NM/Sandia Prep) completed the race in 25:04.30 for 14th place, while Tristan Knutson-Lombardo took 17th place with a time of 25:08.15. Josh Clough (Jr., Auburn, WA/Auburn Riverdale HS) placed 19th, as he recorded a time of 25:12.10.

Willamette won the Cardinal Women’s team championship with a score of 101. The University of British Columbia was second with a score of 115 and Point Loma Nazarene University finished third at 175. Rounding out the top 10 teams were Concordia University (Calif.) in fourth at 202, Aquinas College (Mich.) in fifth at 207, Seattle University in sixth at 214, Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) in seventh at 228, the University of Puget Sound in eighth at 236, Eastern Oregon University in ninth at 251 and Northwest Nazarene University in 10th at 270. A total of 265 runners and 26 full teams competed in the Women’s 5K Cardinal Race.

Ian BatchIn the men’s competition, the Bearcats earned a first place finish with a score of 63. Aquinas (Mich.) followed with a score of 123 and St. John’s University (Minn.) finished third at 127. Concordia (Calif.) was fourth with a score of 156, the University of Alaska-Anchorage was fifth at 162, Lewis-Clark State was sixth at 218, Eastern Oregon took seventh at 225, Linfield College was eighth at 227, Southern Oreogn University was ninth with a score of 237 and Humboldt State University was 10th at 255. There were 268 runners in the Men’s 8K Cardinal Race, with 27 full teams entered.

Willamette's teams performed well again a number of strong opposing runners and squads from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The Bearcats entered the week ranked #10 in men's cross country and #11 in women's cross country in NCAA Division III.

WU's men's team finished in front of Aquinas, ranked #2 in the NAIA, and also ran better than St. John's University (Minn.), ranked #5 in NCAA Division III. Willamette's women's team outran the University of British Columbia, ranked #8 in the NAIA.

In the Women's 5K Gold Run, Marilyn Arsenault, running unattached, claimed first place in 17:21.50. The top collegiate finisher was Mandy Macalister from the University of Idaho,who received a time of 17:24.75. Kaily Campbell from the University of Washington was third in 17:31.85. Idaho won the Women's 5K Gold Race with a score of 26. Boise State University took second place at 53 and Oregon State University was third with a score of 111.

Jordan McNamara, competing unattached, won the Men's 8K Gold Race, after recording a time of 23:42.06. The first eight finishers were unattached or running for club teams. Diego Moreno Guzman, from the University of Idaho, was the top collegiate runner with a time of 24:30.95 on his way to a ninth place finish. The Men's 8K Gold team title went to the University of Montana with a score of 57. Spokane Community College was second at 62 and Idaho was third at 81.

Two extra events were held this year with the addition of high school races. In the Boys' 5K High School Race, Jordan Ridge of Hermiston High School was the champion with a time of 15:49.05. He won by 25.80 seconds over Alex Peterson of Klamath Union High School in second at 16:14.85. Third place went to Terry Johnson of Hermiston, as he earned a time of 16:18.20 In the Girls' 5K High School Race, Sammantha McCloud of Hermiston was the winner, after completing the course in 19:25.70. Chelsa McDonnell of Klamath Union was second at 19:34.25, while a third place finish was earned by Leslie Macias of Hermiston.

The Boys' team championship went to Hermiston with a score of 33. Second place was claimed by Klamath Union with a score of 43. Hermiston also achieved first place in the Girls' team standings with a score of 28. South Salem took second at 58.

33rd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational Cross Country Meet - Men's Results
33rd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational Cross Country Meet - Women's Results

Willamette senior Sarah Zerzan runs at the 33rd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational. Zerzan won the Women's 5K Cardinal Race.

Willamette senior Sarah Zerzan runs at the 33rd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational. Zerzan won the Women's 5K Cardinal Race.