Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cross country teams run at home

By Sam Horn, Guest Writer
University’s men cross country team took second place and the women won at the PLU Invitational Saturday. It was the only home meet for the men and women this season.

The men finished second to Green River Community College, which finished with 31 points.  The Lutes finished with 47 points.   Olympic College placed third with 73 points, followed by University of British Columbia-Okanagan with 78.  The PLU women’s team finished in first with a point total of 27, followed by UBC-Okanagan with 28 points.

Junior Alan DenAdel finished first for the men at the cross country meet. First-year Amanda Wilson, a first-year, finished first as well for the Lutes’ women squad.  DenAdel finished the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:00.53.  Wilson finished in a time of 24:16.23 on the 6,000-meter course.

Rounding out the rest of the results for the men’s cross country squad, senior Kolter Grigsby finished fourth in a time of 26:59.38, junior Kyle Smith placed 17th in a time of 28:43.69, senior Jordan Steves finished 18th with a  time of 28:51.30, senior Joseph Mungai got 21st in 28:58.03, junior Eric Herde completed the race in 27th with a time of 30:00.99, senior Matt Beal got 28th with a time of 30:43.38, and first-year Andy Jensen finished 30th in 31:39.55.

For the women first-year Lauren Knebel placed third in 24:34.99, Seely fourth in 25:08.52, junior Alyssa Rowland in 12th with a time of 26:34.67, first-year Madison Guscott placed 13th in 26:35.65, first-year Karissa Jackson coming in at 15th with a time of 27:10.39, and first-year Tara Glynn finishing 19th with a time of 31:38.66.

Heather Kreier is currently the head coach of the men and women’s cross country teams after starting in 2006.  The squads she has coached since 2006 haven’t finished above fifth place.  Last year, the men and women’s team both finished in seventh place.  There are nine teams in the Northwest Conference. 

Dan Haakenson serves as the assistant coach of the cross country team after joining the team in 2008.  He was an All-American in the hammer throw as a senior during his time at PLU in 2005.  His role for the cross country is mainly administrative. He is also the throwing coach for the PLU track & field team.

The Lutes will be looking to continue their season tomorrow at the Western Washington University Classic Invitational. The meet begins at 10:30 a.m.