WWU Cross Country finishes in top 20 at Nationals

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WWU Cross Country finishes in top 20 at Nationals

SPOKANE, Wash. – Katelyn Steen (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) placed 34th to earn All-America honors as the Western Washington University women bettered their national ranking by seven places, finishing 18th among 32 teams at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex.

The Viking men were 20th, one place below their national ranking coming into the race. They were led by Chip Jackson (Shoreline/Shorewood), who was 61st.

Taylor Guenther (So., Vancouver/Prairie) placed 94th (22:35) for WWU, followed by Haley O’Connor (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake), 131st (22:53); Austen Reiter (So., Camas), 136th (22:57); Lillianna Stelling (Fr., Langley/South Whidbey), 144th (23:00); Sofia Marikis (Fr., Nine Mile Falls/Lakeside), 170th (23:20); and Haida Ikeda (Sr., Issaquah), 208th (24:00).

Jackson, who was running his third national race, had a time of 31:38 over the10-kilometer distance to lead the WWU men.

Cory Johnson (R-Fr., Enumclaw) placed 116th (32:31). He replaced the Vikings’ No.2 runner Tanner Boyd(Camas), who was unable to compete because of a heel injury.

Isaac Griffith (So., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) was 125th (32:36) for WWU, followed by Jonathan Quimby (Jr., Ferndale/Whatcom CC), 153rd (32:52); Tabor Reedy (Jr., Poulsbo/North Kitsap), 177th (33:13); Nathan Richards(Jr., Longview/R.A. Long/Clark CC), 194th (33:30), and Dylan Peterson (Seattle/Garfield), 204th (33:46).

The Viking women finished with 452 points, one behind No.17 Indiana PA. Grand Valley State placed first with 54, 37 better than runner-up Adams State. Three other Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools placing, besides WWU, were Alaska Anchorage fourth (214), Simon Fraser seventh (251) and Seattle Pacific 21st (492).

The WWU men were 20th with 544 points, 11 behind 19th Missouri Southern. Adams State took the team title with 54 points, 50 better than second-place Grand Valley State. Alaska Anchorage was seventh (256).