Husky runners sweep Sundodger Invitational
Katie Flood and Aaron Nelson rolled to individual victories, paving the way for the Husky cross country teams to sweep the Sundodger Invitational team titles for the seventh year in a row. Hosting it for the 22nd year in a row at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, the Huskies men’s and women’s teams beat out top college teams in the region, including Pac-12 foes Washington State and Oregon State.
The fifth-ranked Husky women’s team won with a meet record 19 points, with Oregon State following with 58 points, then Idaho with 87, Gonzaga with 110, Seattle U with 120, Washington State with 146, and Eastern Washington with 219 points.
The Husky men outdueled their cross-state rivals, winning with 30 points while Washington State scored 52, with Gonzaga third with 55, Idaho fourth with 95, and Seattle U in fifth with 148 points.
Flood, an All-American and the 2011 Pac-12 cross country champion, shot straight to the front and finished the 6,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 25 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in meet history.
“Our women’s team has got a great energy and vibe right now and they were really good today,” said UW coach Greg Metcalf. “So far this season they’ve handled themselves like pros.”
The Husky women had four of the top five finishers, as freshman Katie Knight made her collegiate debut with a third-place finish in 20:47, right alongside senior Liberty Miller and sophomore Maddie Meyers, who were fourth and fifth in nearly identical times.
Nelson added to the consecutive individual victory streak for the Husky men’s team, as he won the first collegiate cross country race of his career. It’s the fifth straight year that a Husky has posted the win in the men’s invite. Nelson, a junior from Walla Walla, won in a time of 23:50, ninth-fastest in meet history.
UW’s Tyler King finished third in 24:05, and freshman Sumner Goodwin, who competed unattached, almost certainly earned his way into the travel lineup going forward with a fourth-place finish in 24:08.
Washington State’s top finisher on the men’s side was Andrew Gonzalez at eighth, while CharLee Linton was the top Cougar woman at 20th.
Hannah Mittelstaedt finished 15th for Seattle U in the women’s race, while teammate Lauren Hammerle was 19th.
• Washington State swept Lamar and Sam Houston State to win the Sam Houston Invitational in Huntsville, Texas, and improve to 10-0.
• Western Washington suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-1 to host Sonoma State on the final day of the Seawolf Spike Invitational in Rohnert Park, Calif.
Earlier in the day, the No. 12 Vikings swept San Francisco.
• Eastern Washington fell to No. 9 San Diego 3-0 in the USD Tournament in San Diego, Calif.
• Western Washington beat Dixie State 3-0 in its third straight shutout, at Orca Field in Bellingham.
• Seattle Pacific defeated visiting Notre Dame de Namur, 2-0.
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• David Estrada and Patrick Ianni scored as Seattle Sounders FC (3-6-2, 11 points) beat Real Salt Lake (5-4-4, 19 points) 2-0 at Starfire Stadium.
From sports-information reports.