Cross-country outshines competition in Seattle

The women's cross-country team takes time to snap a team picture at the Portland meet against Lewis & Clark College on Sept. 1. Photo courtesy of Emily Zegar

Facing off with 17 other teams, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the Sundodger Invitational Sept. 17 in Seattle, Wash. Including Linfield, six of the other teams that competed are in the Northwest Conference. According to the Pacific Lutheran’s Athletic website, statistics for the men’s team were not recorded because there were “some flaws in the results and they were being reworked.”

“The Sundodger Invitational went well. There were lots of [personal records] on both the men’s and women’s teams. It was a great opportunity for us to show how deep both teams are in larger meets,” senior Arian Anderson said. “Both sides have a ton of potential to do well at the regional and national meets but the biggest challenge we face is tightening our packs. That is what is going to take both teams from being good to being great.”

With more than 180 runners competing in the women’s six-kilometer race, the Linfield women held their own and were able to place fifth in the overall meet and first in the conference. Sophomore Mimi Seeley placed 26th with a time of 22:55.91 minutes. Together the nine Wildcat women ran the race in 1:56:21.70.

“Linfield cross-country is doing big things this year on both the men’s and women’s sides. I guess the people following us will just have to stayed tuned,” Anderson said. “The women are ranked nationally at 28th and regionally at 3rd. The men are ranked 6th in the region but that will change soon.”

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