Pirates Compete In Sundodger Invitational

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's and women's cross country teams were led by a duo of sophomores in the 20th Annual Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle on Saturday.

For the women, sophomore Christina Anderson was the first of the Pirates to cross the finish line, finishing 20th out of 213 runners.  She finished with a time of 22:58.06. Ten runners from the women's team crossed the finish line under 25 minutes.

Junior Elisabeth Spencer (23:21.12), senior Celeste Northcott (23:54.48), freshman Kellyn Roiko (24:04.15), sophomore Jaclyn Geyer (24:24.25), freshman Elizabeth Scott (24:31.44), junior Caitlin Taylor (24:33.32), freshman Jessica Arnzen (24:34.41), freshman Olivia Newman (24:43.76), and sophomore Brianne Wright (24:57.36) joined Anderson in finishing under the 25-minute mark.

The men were led by sophomore Taylor Steele who finished 43rd with a time of 26:06.61.  He came in just ahead of teammate junior Matt Edwards, who finished 44th with a time of 26:08.31. 

Junior Andrew Ryder (26:17.73), freshman Chris MacMurray (26:20.14), sophomore Trent Dudley (26:26.67), senior Tim Hill (26:27.03) and freshman Colton Berry (26:30.17) finished in the top 80 out of 236 runners.

The women's team finished ninth overall with 242 points in the 6k open race.  The Pirates finished behind Northwest Conference rivals Lewis and Clark College, Linfield and Whitman.

The men's team finished sixth overall with 212 points in the 8k open race.  Whitworth finished ahead of its NWC competition, edging Puget Sound by seven points.

Next up, Whitworth will return to Spokane Valley for the Runner's Soul Erik Anderson Invite on Saturday, September 22.

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