SPOKANE, Wash. - The NU men and women took part in the first annual CCC-Frontier Challenge which was part of the Erik Anderson CC Invitational held at Plantes Ferry Park this morning.
The Eagle women finished 5th in the field of seven teams as the College of Idaho ran their way to the team title representing the Cascade Conference. The men, with several runners taking part in their first meet of the season, took 7th in their field which was won by Lewis-Clark State College of Idaho and the Frontier Conference.
Three Eagles finished 24th, 25th and 26th out of 68 runners with Vanessa Ahrendt the top finisher as she took 24th with a time of 19:22. Right behind her in 25tht was Meagan Governor (19:23) and Joanna Sowers, 26th with a time of 19:24. Emily Sears was 34th with a time of 19:42, Lindsey Wagner in at 20:27, Sigrid Thoreson (20:56), Kelsey Anderson (21:13) and Marissa Flannery (21:50).
For the men, Matt Porter finished 32nd in the field of 77 runners as he ran the 5K in 26:39. Jonathan Ferguson crossed the finish line in 55th with his time of 28:10. Ben Schmalz, Luke Fischer and Cameron Kartak ran together finishing in 31:52, 34:35 and 36:04 respectively.
“Overall it was a good day for the Eagles,” said Mark Mandi, NU head coach. “The women’s team ran the best team race I have ever seen since I’ve been coaching. Lindsey Wagner has been battling an injury and Kelsey Anderson was ill today, so I’m excited to see what the team can do once everyone is healthy. On the men’s side, some of the guys showed big improvements with Jonathan Ferguson and Cameron Kartak running personal bests and Luke Fischer making his cross country debut today. Matt Porter was also ill today but he had a solid race. Next week the team will be running at Willamette and we’re looking forward to fielding more bodies and continuing to improve.”
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012 Share on Facebook