LAKEWOOD, Wash. – It was a strong start to the season for the Puget Sound cross country teams as both teams came away victorious from the Puget Sound Invitational on Saturday. Both teams placed four runners in the top 6 to easily win both team titles.
Kathryn Flyte and Taili Ni finished 1-2 in the 6k race to lead the Logger women's team. Flyte claimed the individual title with a time of 23:15, while Ni came in at the 24:31 mark. Pacific Lutheran's Amanda Wilson took third just a second behind Ni, and Logger freshman Jessica Wiken was another three seconds back in fourth place. Wiken finished at the 24:35 mark in her first collegiate race.
Jenna Weitz capped off the team scoring for the Loggers in 16th place with a time of 26:20. Weitz capped off a team score of 29 points for the Loggers, while Pacific Lutheran came in second as a team, with 39 points, and Pacific took third, with 57 points.
"It was a great start to the season for both teams," said head coach Mike Orechia. "We had a lot of really strong runs and a great team effort."
Joshua Seekatz and Justin Bigelow led the Logger men's squad in second and fourth place, respectively. Pacific's Tyler Shipley took the individual 8k win with a time of 26:17 while Seekatz came in second at 26:34. Bigelow finished with a time of 26:46.
David Santillan was the next runner to cross the finish line in sixth place with a 27:40, leading a trio of Logger runners who finished consecutively. Justin Higa recorded a time of 28:23 to take seventh, and Same Carilli finished out the team scoring at 28:33 in eighth place.
The Loggers recorded 24 points as a team, which was 32 less than the second place team. Pacific took second with 56 points, while Pacific Lutheran was third with 61 points. Olympic College was fourth with 97 points.
The Loggers will be back on the course in two weeks with their annual trip up to Seattle and the Sundodger Invitational on Sep. 14.