PORTLAND, Ore. - The Eagle women cross country team took second place, among CCC teams, in the Warner Pacific Open which serves as the Cascade Conference Preview Meet this morning in Lents Park in Portland. NU finished behind nationally ranked Northwest Christian and took fourth overall with NCAA Division I and II schools, Portland and Portland State finishing first and third.
Emily Sears was the top NU finisher as she ran the 5k course in 18:55, good enough for 16th place in a field of 90 runners. Meagan Governor was right behind her in 18th as she crossed the finish line in 18:59. Lindsey Wagner and Joanna Sowers were 22nd and 23rd with times of 19:09 and 19:11 respectively. Other Eagles competing were: Vanessa Ahrendt (19:25), Sigrid Thoreson (19:30), Kelsey Anderson (19:46), Molly Evans (20:00), Marrisa Flannery (20:11), and Magen Patterson (21:42).
On the men’s side, Matt Porter took 33rd in the men’s 8k race as he completed the course in 26:15, one minute above his season best of 25:15. Jonathan Ferguson finished in 27:14, Ben Schmalz (29:22), Luke Fischer (31:47), Ethan Flattery (32:22) and Cameron Kartak (35:17).
“We had a great performance all around,” stated coach Mark Mandi. “The women had the best performance in years. They ran the best team race I’ve seen at NU. We beat a really good team in Southern Oregon (#21). The ladies are entering the most important stretch of our season with the right momentum and we hope to keep it rolling. Emily Sears ran the best race of her young career with a 16th place finish and was our top runner. Kelsey Anderson, Molly Evans, and Marissa Flannery each running lifetime bests over 5k.”
Mandi continued, “On the men’s side most everyone ran lifetime personal bests. Matt Porter led the way with a 33rd place finish. The other guys on the team ran great with Jonathan Ferguson, Ben Schmalz, Luke Fischer, Ethan Flattery, and Cameron Kartak all running big personal bests. These guys are hard workers and are continuing to get better. This was the best that they’ve competed as a team this year.”
“I couldn’t be any prouder of our team from top to bottom. They are a good group of young, Christians and it’s been a huge honor and a blessing for me to be part of this program,” coach Mandi concluded.
Northwest U. will now begin preparation for the CCC Cross Country Championships which will be held on Sat., November 3 back at Lents Park.
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