Wood, Jorgensen Pace Men at Sundodger
News Release Date:
Saturday, September 17
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- As they did two weeks ago at the Whitman Invitational, junior Oliver Wood and sophomore Michael Jorgensen continued to set the pace for the Missionary men's cross country team in the 8,000-meter open race at Saturday's Sundodger Invitational at Seattle's Lincoln Park.
Official results, delayed until Monday because of timing problems at the finish line, show Wood placing 72nd in a huge throng of more than 230 runners.
Wood finished the Sundodger course, which was fast and dry and even dusty at times, in 26:19.70. That was a drop of 80-plus seconds from his time earlier this month at the Whitman Invitational.
Jorgensen finished 87th in 26:29.93, which bettered his Whitman Invite time by more than 90 seconds.
"Oliver and Michael looked strong from start to finish," Whitman coach Scott Shields said.
Junior Taylor Mesojednik ran third for Whitman, placing 102nd overall, in 26:40.01.
"Taylor might have had the best race because he was boxed in at the first mile and forced to make up a lot of ground," Shields said. "Overall, that made his race very challenging, but he responded in the right way and did not let it affect preformance."
Rounding out Whitman's top five were freshman Colin Domonoske (107th, 26:48.86) and junior Cory Rand (26:56.78).
"Colin ran well despite a hurt foot, and we're bringing Cory along slowly as he comes back from his injury problems last season," Shields said.
"Our men's team is still developing and shooting from a strong performance by the conference championships. Having Cory back at anything close to full strength by the end of the season will make a huge difference for us."
Senior Brendan Boyer paced Whitman's second five, finishing 126th in 27:07.57 -- a drop of about 70 seconds from the same race lasts year.
"Brendan is off to a very good start to his senior season," Shields said. "We're hoping to see his great progress continue."
Completing Whitman's second five were sophomore Joe Mayo (136th, 27:20.08), freshman Tyler Goolsby (141st, 27:29.33) and two more sophomores, John Whiting (149th, 27:42.72) and Chris Farley (153rd, 27:45.33).
Sophomore Spencer Corwin (155th, 27:47.62) and freshman T.C. Heydon (161st, 27:54.23) also ran for Whitman.
In the team scoring, Whitman finished with 397 place points for its top five runners, placing 15th among 21 schools. The Missionaries finished just four points behind 14th-place Pacific Lutheran and 88 points behind 12th-place Lewis & Clark.
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