September 7, 2013, YAKIMA, Wash. — Freshman Rudy Spencer (Liberty Lake, Wash./Central Valley HS) and senior Connie Morgan (Hoquiam, Wash.) each posted third-place finishes, helping the Central Washington University cross country teams to second and third place team scores for the men and women, respectively, at the season-opening CWU Invitational on Saturday.
“Overall, it wasn’t a bad first meet for us,” CWU head coach Kevin Adkisson said. “It gives us something good to work from, especially as we get our legs under us these next few weeks.”
Senior Nathan Minor (Mount Vernon, Wash.), senior John Wojtech (Bremerton, Wash./Olympic HS), and sophomore Kaleb Javier (Tacoma, Wash./Woodrow Wilson HS) all added top-15 finishes for the CWU men in their six-kilometer race, helping the Wildcats score some key team points and outdistance themselves from third-place Northwest Nazarene University in the scoring. Western Washington University won the men’s field with 37 points, followed by CWU with 51 points and NNU with 64.
Spencer finished just six seconds off the pace in the race, completing the course in 20 minutes, 13 seconds. Alan DenAdel of Pacific Lutheran University was the men’s individual winner in 20:07, while Sean Eustis, competing unattached, was second in 20:11.
“Rudy Spencer did a great job to lead the guys,” Adkisson said. “He was the second finisher in our team time trial last week, so he really made some good strides and looked strong in today’s race. Our guys overall looked pretty solid, and might have been closer to (first-place) Western if we’d had a more complete squad.”
Minor was 11th overall with a time of 20:57 for CWU, while Wojtech (13th) and Javier (14th) were not far behind in 21:15 and 21:19, respectively. Sophomore Nick Spencer (Tacoma, Wash./Aberdeen HS) secured a 22nd-place finish to complete the top-five placers for the Wildcats.
Morgan anchored the women with her four-kilometer time of 16:14. Sophomore Dani Eggleston (Longview, Wash./R.A. Long HS) was the only other top-10 finisher for the CWU women with her time of 16:33, but the Wildcats had a host of finishers — eight, in fact — join Morgan and Eggleston among the top 20. Sophomore Danielle Maldonado (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS) started a pack of eight straight finishers for the Wildcats, finishing 13th.
Western Washington University claimed the women’s team title with 35 points, followed by Northwest Nazarene with 43 points and CWU with 52.
The Wildcats will head west next weekend, competing in the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle on Saturday (Sept. 14).
Women’s Team Scores
Western Washington 35, Northwest Nazarene 43, Central Washington 52, Pacific Lutheran 43
Men’s Team Scores
Western Washington 37, Central Washington 51, Northwest Nazarene 64, Green River CC 99, Pacific Lutheran 104, Evergreen State 164