Gilbert Runs Away With Weekly NWC Honor

News Release Date:
Monday, September 19, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Emilie Gilbert, after leading Whitman College to a strong second-place finish at last Saturday's Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's cross country.

Emilie Gilbert

Gilbert, a junior and team co-captain, placed sixth in a field of 187 runners, finishing the 6,000-meter course in Lincoln Park in 22:20.79.

"Emilie is a super dedicated student athlete who works tremendously hard," Whitman coach Scott Shields says.

"It's been great to see Emilie, as a junior, take a leadership role with the team. Her work ethic sets a great example, and she's been more vocal in trying to encourage and motivate her teammates."

Gilbert and her twin sister Katri Gilbert, who placed 12th in 22:32.23 at the Sundodger Invite, posted the top two times among participating NWC runners.

Whitman finished with 110 place points for its top five finishers, trailing only the University of British Columbia in the team scoring. A total of 17 teams competed.

Five other NWC schools had runners in the race. Linfield was fifth with 178 place points and Whitworth eighth with 222. Other conference schools were Puget Sound (12th, 315), Pacific Lutheran (14th, 339), and George Fox (16th, 363).

Emilie Gilbert, who won the Whitman Invitational earlier this month against a small field of runners, next competes on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore.

"It's still early in the season, but it's obvious that Emilie looks stronger than a year ago," Shield says. "She also says she feels better and recovers more quickly after the races. Those are all good signs."

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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