Women Gallop to First in 11-Team Race

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 12

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Running its first race of the season at six kilometers, the Whitman College women’s cross country team galloped past 10 other schools, including four Northwest Conference squads, to win the Lewis & Clark Invitational Saturday at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore.

With its top five runners placing in the top 12, Whitman smashed the field with 35 place points. Lewis & Clark, the host school, was a distant second with 60 points and Linfield third with 88.

The Missionary depth extended well beyond its first five finishers. Whitman’s 10th runner finished just behind Lewis & Clark’s sixth finisher.

“Every ten seconds or so there would be another Whitman runner coming across the line,” Whitman coach Malcolm Dunn said. “A lot of coaches, spectators, and parents of other schools were commenting on how strong we looked as a team.”

Senior Yasmeen Colis led the way for the Missionaries, finishing third overall in a time of 22:51.90. Junior Kristen Ballinger was sixth in 23:18.90.

Three more seniors -- Michela Corcorran, Heather O’Moore and Sara McCune -- rounded out Whitman’s top-five team score, placing eighth (23:28.40), 10th (23:34.80) and 12th (23:45.50), respectively, overall.

Emilie Gilbert, a first-year runner, finished 22nd (24:14.70) to pace Whitman’s second five. Senior Emily Rodriguez placed 24th (24:21.60) and sophomore Jennifer Farley was 26th (24:31.40). Katri Gilbert, another of Whitman’s first-year runners, was 28th (24:44.70) and sophomore Sara Levy finished 32nd (24:53.10).

Whitman’s team-wide strength was significantly stronger than a year ago on the same course. Farley, the eighth Missionary to finish, clocked a time that was six seconds faster than Whitman’s fourth-best runner in last year’s race.

Linfield’s Marci Klimek won Saturday’s race in 22:17.60. Concordia’s Alice Taylor was second in 22:33.60.

Other NWC schools in the race were Pacific Lutheran, which was seventh with 151 points, and George Fox, which was 11th with 296 points.

A dozen other runners competed for Whitman. Those running under 27 minutes were Shannon McCarty (51st, 25:54.0), Lori Mendelsohn (57th, 26:00.50), Kelly Jensen (63rd, 26:22.80), Krista Garrett (64th, 26:23.60) and Claire Baron (76th, 26:55.0).

Whitman’s next race is in two weeks, when it travels to Spokane for the Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational in two weeks.

Lewis & Clark Invitational - Complete Women's Results

Report by Andy Jobanek, Whitman Sports Information Intern

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu