Colis, Ballinger Run Whits to Strong Sixth
News Release Date:
Saturday, October 3
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With both Yasmeen Colis and Kristen Ballinger finishing in the top 20, the Whitman College women's cross country team placed a strong sixth in a huge field of 19 schools Saturday morning at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Bush Park in Salem, Ore.
Colis, a senior, ran the 5,000-meter course in 18:09.73, placing 14th overall among 203 finishers. Ballinger, a junior, was 18th in 18:15.64.
The University of Idaho's Teegan Schoch won the race, which was 1,000 meters shorter than the standard women's distance, in 17:26.92.
With schools representing all three NCAA levels, Chico State took first in the team scoring with 43 place points for its top five finishers. Whitman, sixth with 177 points, was third among the Division III schools, trailing only Whitworth and Minnesota's St. Thomas.
"It's pretty clear that Whitworth is going to be our biggest challenge in our conference," Whitman coach Malcolm Dunn said. "I think it's going to be really tight through the rest of the season."
Three seniors rounded out Whitman's team score. Sara McCune was 47th in 18:34.70, Michela Corcorran was 54th in 18:39.84, and Heather O'Moore was 57th in 18:42.18. First-year Missionary Emilie Gilbert was not far behind, placing 65th in 18:50.27.
"It was a fast course, and everyone ran fast times," Dunn said. "A lot of people ran personal-best times."
While Whitman and Whitworth finished toward the top of team scoring, other Northwest Conference schools finished in the lower third. Linfield was 12th and Lewis & Clark 13th. In spots 15 through 18, in order, were Willamette, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound and George Fox.
"This is the first time in years that Willamette hasn't had a strong, dominate team on the women's side," Dunn said. "It's exciting to see a shake-up at the top of the conference."
Rounding out Whitman's top 10 individuals were Sara Levy (81st), Emily Rodriguez (94th), Jennifer Farley (105th) and Katri Gilbert (110th). Also running for Whitman were Shannon McCarty (134th) and Christine Kiely (142nd).
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