UW men finish fifth, women third at Pac-12 cross country championships
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LOUISVILLE, Colo. – Solid top-to-bottom efforts earned top-five finishes for the Husky men’s and women’s cross country teams Saturday at the Pac-12 Championships, the first ever held in the state of Colorado.
Aaron Nelson and Katie Flood led the way for the Huskies, as the men finished in fifth place and the women took third.
The men just missed out on fourth place, as ASU finished with 140 points to UW’s 142. No. 1-ranked Colorado scored 28 points to beat No. 4 Oregon, which had 54. No. 13 Stanford was third with 79 points.
Washington State (151 points) was sixth.
Nelson finished eighth overall in 25 minutes, 1 second. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek got the win in 24:36. Still, Nelson’s effort was the top individual finish for a Husky since Jeremy Mineau was seventh in 2006.
“It’s a challenge running at 5,000 feet; there’s lots of things that make it difficult,” said UW coach Greg Metcalf. “Aaron was great, he ran solid, went to the front and felt pretty good but with a thousand meters (to go) they pulled away from him.”
The No. 1-ranked Arizona women continued their undefeated season by taking the program’s first Pac-12 title with 69 points.
Sixteenth-ranked Colorado took second with 75 points, while the 13th-ranked Huskies were third with 111, just edging out 12th-ranked Oregon as the Ducks scored 113 points. Washington State was 10th.
Flood and Justine Johnson, both running their final Pac-12 meets, paced UW, as Flood finished 11th and Johnson was 19th, earning the fourth straight top-25 finishes for both seniors. Flood covered the 6-kilometer course in 21:57, with Johnson crossing in 22:21.
Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe pulled away late to win in 21:04.
Seattle University’s women’s team finished in second place while the men’s team earned a fourth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Jefferson Park Golf Course.
In the women’s 5-kilometer race, senior Lauren Hammerle earned first-team All-WAC honors after a fourth-place finish with a time of 18:10.00. Hannah Mittelstaedt picked up second-team All-WAC recognition with an eighth-place finish in 18:25.60, as did Sophie Curatilo after the junior finished in ninth place with a time of 18:27.60.
• Central Washington secured second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 1-0 win over Seattle Pacific at Interbay Stadium.
• No. 11 Western Washington ended its regular season with a 5-0 victory over Simon Fraser at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
• Freshman Kyra Holt had 20 kills to lead Washington State to a 3-0 home win over Utah.
• Seattle Pacific won at Montana State-Billings, 3-2, and claimed its fifth straight victory.
• Jennica McPherson had a match-high 10 kills and 11 digs to lead No. 10 Western Washington to a 3-0 victory at Northwest Nazarene.
• Seattle U fell, 3-1, at home to New Mexico State.
• Former Western Washington guard John Allen was selected 59th overall by the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League draft on Friday.
Seattle Pacific fell, 1-0, at No. 3 Simon Fraser, which clinched a Great Northwest Athletic Conference title with the win.
From sports-information reports