Hennessey, Corwin Pace Men at XC Finals
News Release Date:
Saturday, October 30
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Senior Sam Hennessey placed 21st and freshman Spencer Corwin was 27th to pace Whitman College at the men's Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Tacoma, Wash.
With its top runner hampered by injury for the past month, Whitman slipped to a sixth-place showing in the team scoring.
Whitman totaled 162 place points for its top five runners, finishing just two points behind fifth-place George Fox. Whitworth won the team title with 33 place points, edging Willamette by three points.
Willamette's Leo Castillo and Stefan Redfield finished first and second, respectively, with times of 25:19 and 25:25 for the 8,000-meter course. Whitworth had runners place third, fourth, sixth and seventh to slip by Willamette in the team scoring.
Hennessey, who had placed 27th at the last two championship meets, took 21st in Saturday's race with a time of 26:38. Corwin's time was 27:00.
Senior Daniel Luecke, who finished 44th at the championships as a junior and sophomore, moved up to 39th on Saturday with a time of 27:26.
Sophomore Taylor Mesojednik, making his first trip to the conference finals, was 41st in 27:27.
Senior John Callow filled out Whitman's team score, placing 49th (27:41) for second time in three years.
"Our senior men did a wonderful job today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said."It also was good to see some of our younger runners, Spencer and Taylor, run well."
Freshman Michael Jorgensen topped Whitman's second five, finishing 54th in 27:47. Sophomore Cory Rand, his season sidelined by injury, placed 64th (28:07) and well off the pace he set a year ago with a ninth-place showing.
"That was a very good race for Michael," Shields said. "He ran very, very well."
Others running for Whitman were freshman Taylor Nelson (69th, 28:19), junior Brendan Boyer (71st, 28:20) and sophomore Whitney Griggs (74th, 28:33).
Next up for the Whitman runners is the NCAA Division III regional championships on Saturday, Nov. 13. Whitman sends its top seven runners to that race, which takes place at Bush Park in Salem, Ore.
"We're still trying to peak for the regional race," Shields said. "We think we've got a good chance to move past a few of the teams who beat us today."
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com