Cross Country News
Spokane and Clark win XC Championship Titles
Oregon City, OR - In misty weather, Spokane's men and Clark's women cruised to easy victories Saturday on the campus of Clackamas Community College.
The Sasquatch men had five runners finish in the top eight, including the top three led by 2010 Champion Anthony Brown, to win by 36 pts over runner-up Everett who finished with 55pts. Lane also trophied with a third place finish with 117 points.
Brown was runner up at last year's championship and with a time of 25:19.88 was 36 seconds faster than team mate Trevin Goodwin who turned in a 25.56.06 time to claim second place.
Spokane's impressive finish of 19 pts has been equaled or bettered by only four men's teams in the NWAACC's 45 years of cross country history. The '74 Spokane men had a championship best result with 16 pts.
The victory marks the tenth straight championship for the Spokane.
The Clark women had four athletes finish in the top ten as the team combined for 40 pts, 24 pts better than second place Spokane who finished with 64. Last year's champion Everett followed closely with 69 pts to place third.
Everett's Shawna Schooley out kicked the field to claim her second consecutive NWAACC title winning by 7.38 seconds over Spokane's Mikel Elliott who finished second with a time of 18:36.79.
With a combined 83 pts, Spokane won the Co-Ed Combined Team Championship. Everett's team score of 124 was good for second while Clark took third with 164 pts.
Clark's Ryan Hovde was named the NWAACC Women's Coach of the Year and Spokane's Sean McLachlan was selected as the Men's Coach of the Year.
|1 Anthony Brown, Spokane
2 Trevin Goodrick, Spokane
3 JoeyHartmeier, Spokane
4 Bryton Reim, Everett
5 Justin Yoke, Spokane
6 Seth Pierson, Everett
7 Drew Larson, Everett
|1 Shawna Schooley, Everett
2 Mikel Elliott, Spokane
3 Briel Thoune, Clark
4 Holly Meler, Clark
5 Tamara Kulla, Clark
6 Megan Dart, Spokane
7 MaCayla Claver, Lane
|Coaches of the Year Sean McLachlan (left) and Ryan Hovde (right)|