Gilbert, Ballinger Pace Whit X-C Women

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 18

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With sophomore Emilie Gilbert placing 23rd and senior Kristen Ballinger close behind in 27th, Whitman College finished seventh among 17 schools in the women's 6,000-meter open race at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday morning at Lincoln Park in Seattle, Wash.

  Complete race results

Simon Fraser's Jessica Smith won the race, which attracted 191 runners, in 21:51.94.

Gilbert finished in 22:55.99 while Ballinger was clocked in 23:01.13.

Emilie Gilbert

"Emilie went out with the lead group and held on strong," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "She ran a really wonderful race from start to finish."

Others contributing to Whitman's team score were sophomore Lori Mendelsohn, 52nd, 23:44.69; first-year Missionary Eliza Vistica, 68th, 24:11.69; and junior Jennifer Farley, 76th, 24:17.56.

"Lori has been getting better and better every time she runs, and it's great to see Eliza stepping up for us and getting better.

Kristen Ballinger

"Jennifer ran a typical Farley race, where she started at the back and must have passed about one-hundred runners."

Whitman finished seventh in the team scoring with 200 place points for its top five. Simon Fraser was first with 35 points while Lewis & Clark and Whitworth, two of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals, were second and third with 88 and 95 points, respectively.

Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran, the other NWC schools in the women's race, placed 12th and 17th, respectively.

Whitman's second set of five runners included a threesome that finished in spots 86 through 88. Junior Sara Levy (24:31.52) led the way, nipping sophomore Claire Baron (24:31.90) and first-year Missionary Skye Pauley (24:32.20).  

Rounding out that group were sophomore Katri Gilbert, who was 97th in 24:42.54, and junior Madeline Hess-Maple, who was 101st in 24:47.36.

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Sports Information Director
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