SEATTLE – A pair of top-20 finishes by Hannah Greider (Jr., Shoreline, Wash.) and Joe Gladow (Jr., Shoreline, Wash.) highlighted Linfield’s appearance at the University of Washington Sundodger Invitational, contested Saturday morning at Lincoln Park.
The fourth finisher from the Northwest Conference and the 15th overall, Greider completed the six-kilometer course nearly a minute faster than she did at last year’s invitational, crossing the tape in 22 minutes, 50.75 seconds.
Her effort helped the Wildcat women place fourth in the team standings, second among squads representing the NWC and Division III. League foe Lewis & Clark took first overall, with Emily Thomas besting the 213-competitor field by 12 seconds.
Siena Noe (Soph., Yakima, Wash.) was Linfield’s No. 2 runner and the 27th overall runner (23:10.46). Sophomores Brooke Niemann (Soph., Bellevue, Wash.) and Audrey Lichten (Soph., Sequim, Wash.) finished half a second apart in 30th and 31st place, respectively. Niemann clocked a time of 23 minutes, 16.07 seconds to edge Lichten, who dropped 33 seconds off her 2011 race time (23:16.57).
Gladow led the Linfield men, finishing 17th out of 236 (25.31.60). He was the third competitor from the Northwest Conference to finish the eight-kilometer race, just two seconds behind the first, Pacific’s Tyler Shipley.
Calvin Howell (Soph., San Antonio, Texas) and Frankie Moncada (Fr., Simi Valley, Ore.) were Linfield’s next-highest finishers. Howell, who was 48th overall, crossed the tape 26:10.31, about 28 seconds faster than he did last season. Moncada, who took 66th in his first time running the Sundodger course, recorded a time of 26 minutes, 23.96 seconds.
As a team, the Wildcat men placed 11th overall, and fourth among NWC teams.
COMING UP: Another two weeks of training are in the cards for the Wildcats, who do not compete again until Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Willamette Open.
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