Husky men, women run to top-five finishes at cross country regionals
While the finishes weren't good enough for automatic berths in the NCAA national meet, both teams are hoping for at-large bids after the men finished fifth and the women finished fourth.
Washington's men's and women's cross country teams missed out on automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, but a fourth-place finish for the women's squad and a fifth-place performance for the men at the West Regional meet could help them earn at-large bids when the full fields are announced Saturday.
The Husky women, ranked No. 7 nationally, will likely make the national meet despite not earning one of the berths given to the top two teams at regionals. Katie Flood led the Husky women in the meet, hosted by UW at Jefferson Park Golf Course, finishing 15th with a time of 20 minutes, 5 seconds.
Joey Bywater put himself in a good position for an individual berth, finishing eighth in the men's race with a time of 29:53. The top four finishers at regional meets who are not on a qualifying team earn individual spots at the national meet.
Stanford won the men's race and Portland took second, while Oregon finished first in the women's race, followed by Stanford and Arizona, who tied for second.
Washington State's Todd Wakefield also has a shot at an individual berth, placing 14th overall in the men's race in 30:01. The WSU men's team finished seventh and the Cougar women, led by Ruby Roberts' 50th-place finish in 20:57, finished 19th in the 28-team field.
Both Gonzaga teams finished 14th, the highest regional finish ever for each. Seattle University's Erik Barkhaus finished 15th, leading the Redhawk men to a 16th-place team finish out of 26 schools in the men's race. Seattle U's women finished 23rd.
First-year coach Tony Dominguez had a winning debut as Western Washington beat Multnomah, 100-44, in its season opener at home. The Vikings, the defending NCAA Division II national champions, had five players score in double figures, led by the game-high 18 points of forward Paul Jones.
• Central Washington fell, 102-99, to Azusa Pacific in overtime in the opening game of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic at Seattle Pacific. Azusa Pacific's B.J. Porter hit seven three-pointers, including an extra-long-range shot to send the game to overtime.
• Host Seattle Pacific rolled to an 85-65 victory over the Academy of Art in the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic. David Downs led four Falcons in double-digit scoring. Jobi Wall had 16 points, while Patrick Simon and Cory Hutsen added 10 points apiece.
Central Washington opened its season with a 71-41 victory against Western State Colorado in the opening game of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic at Seattle Pacific. Three Wildcats scored in double figures, led by junior guard Ally Schmitt, who had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Junior Jessica VanDyke added 12, and junior Leslie Stillar had 11 points.
• Katie Benson led four Seattle Pacific players in double figures, scoring 17 points in SPU's 80-54 victory at home over Illinois Springfield at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic.
• Northwest University fell to Carroll College, 70-52, in both teams' season opener.
Seattle U rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a five-set win over UT Arlington. The victory was a crucial one for the Redhawks (8-18, 3-13 Western Athletic Conference) in their push for a WAC tournament bid.
Freshman Loree Olson won three events to help the Washington State swim team to a 146-116 win over Northern Arizona at home. The win keeps the Cougars undefeated at home this year.
Olson stepped up for WSU, claiming the top spot in the 1,000 freestyle (10:29.86), 200 backstroke (2:02.89), and 400 IM (4:29.32).
From sports-information reports.