WWU men and women place first at CWU Invitational

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September 7, 2013, YAKIMA , Wash. — Freshman Lillianna Stelling (Langley/South Whidbey) took individual honors and Sofia Marikis (Fr., Nine Mile Falls/Lakeside) placed fourth as Western Washington University took the women’s team title at the Central Washington University Cross Country Invitational held Saturday at Apple Ridge Run.

Stelling won by 12 seconds, completing the 4,000-meter course in 15:48. Marikis was timed in 16:26.

WWU posted a low score of 35 points, eight better than Northwest Nazarene in the four-team field.

The Viking men, paced by team co-captain Tanner Boyd (Sr., Camas), also placed first. They bested the six-team field with 37 points, host Central finishing second with 51.

Boyd was sixth, touring the 6,000-meter course in 20:44. Taking the individual crown in 20:07 was Pacific Lutheran’s Alan DenAdel.

Three other WWU men placed among the top 10. Ryan Peterson R-Fr., Seattle/Garfield) was seventh in 20:45. Tying for ninth at 20:54 were Dustin Sjoerdsma (So., Redwood City, CA/Carlmont) and Dylan Peterson (Sr., Seattle/Garfield).

Also finishing among the top 10 for the Viking women were Haley O’Connor (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake), ninth in 16:45, and Arielle Walton (Sr., Issaquah), 10th in 16:46.

“Our main goal was to get our younger runners some experience and our older kids were basically working on tempo,” said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year).

WWU competes in the University of Washington Sundodger Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14 (9 a.m.) at Lincoln Park in Seattle.

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