SEATTLE, Wash. - On a stereotypical rainy Seattle morning, the Puget Sound Loggers battled the wet course with a pair of large fields on Saturday morning at the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle. The Logger women took 11th while the Puget Sound men finished 12th.
In the women's race, the Loggers faced a tough group of teams from up and down the west coast. Sophomore Hayley Walker (Cambria, Calif./Coast Union) led the way for Puget Sound, taking 53rd with a time of 23:38.41. Nika Evans (Wayzata, Minn.) wasn't too far behind, taking 58th with a time of 23:47.34. Freshman Carrie Keith (Erie, Colo./Monarch) was the third Logger across the line, taking 73rd with a time of 24:07.64. As a team, the Loggers finished 11th with 332 points, just one point ahead of crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran. University of Alaska Anchorage took the team title, placing all five of their scorers in the top 10 with 22 points.
In the men's race, senior Francis Reynolds (Palo Alto, Calif.) stayed with the lead pack for the entire race, holding down second place at one point. In the end, Reynolds took eighth in the 8k race, finishing with a time of 25:02.92. Unfortunately for the Loggers team score, the next Puget Sound runner across the line was 57 runners later as Cameron Butler (Idaho Falls, Idaho) took 65th with at time of 26:46.29. Casey Wall (Portland, Ore./Cleveland) finished 81st with a time of 27:02.43. The Loggers finished as a team with 329 points for 12th place, finishing ahead of West Region foe Occidental.
The Loggers will next take the course on Oct. 3 when they travel down to Salem, Ore. for the Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette University.