Gilbert Sisters Run One-Two at Whit Invite

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 3

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Emilie Gilbert finishing first and twin sister Katri Gilbert taking second, the Whitman College women's cross country team dominated its season-opening invitational Saturday morning at Ft. Walla Walla Park.

Whits Dominate Women's Invite

Race Results

Whitman was first in the team scoring with 20 place points for its top five finishers.

Emilie Gilbert

Lewis-Clark State, the only other school entered in the meet, was second with 41 place points.

Emilie Gilbert, a junior, was a decisive winner, finishing the 6,000-meter race in 23:24.89.

Her sister Katri, also a junior, overtook LCSC's Sophie Bush at the finish to place second in 23:47.03. Bush was clocked in 23:49.50.

Erin Campbell, a first-year Whitman runner, was fourth in 24:04.17, beating Lewis-Clark State's Chelsey Leighton by more than 18 seconds.

Katri Gilbert

Sophomore Skye Pauly and senior Mollee Huisinga rounded out Whitman's team score, placing sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 24:41.59 and 24:42.50.

The next three finishers also wore Whitman uniforms. First-year runner Caitlin Iglehart was eighth in 24:46.56 while seniors Kelly Jensen and Jennifer Farley were ninth and 10th, respectively, in 24:53.14 and 24:53.56.

Two juniors, Shannon McCarty and Lori Mendelsohn, rounded out Whitman's top 10. McCarty was 12th overall in 24:59.83 while Mendelsohn was 15th in 25:32.94.

A total of 21 runners ran for the Missionaries in the women's race.

Whitman competes next in the Sundodger Invitational, slated for Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lincoln Park in Seattle, Wash.

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