Reynolds Repeats As NWC Champion

Reynolds Repeats As NWC Champion

ESTACADA, Ore. - Senior Francis Reynolds (Palo Alto, Calif.) ran away with his second straight Northwest Conference title as the Puget Sound Logger men and women took sixth and seventh respectively at the 2009 NWC Championship on Saturday in Estacada, Ore.

Reynolds, who won the 2008 title by about 50 seconds, again collected the impressive victory, this time by just over 20 seconds over second place Leo Castillo of Willamette with a time of 25:00.71.  Willamette also saw runners take third, fourth and eighth as they reclaimed the NWC title.  Junior Jesse Baldridge (Piedmont, Calif.) was the second Logger across the line, taking 35th with a time of 27:32.66.  The Logger men finished sixth overall, collecting 160 points.

On the women's side, the Loggers were led by a fifth-place finish from Hayley Walker (Cambria, Calif./Coast Union) with a time of 22:27.30.  Freshman Carrie Keith (Erie, Colo./Monarch) took 38th in her first conference championship, posting a time of 24:27.10.  Marci Klimek of Linfield won the women's individual title with a time of 21:50.80 while Whitworth won the team title with 37 points.

The Loggers, along with the rest of the Northwest Conference, will be in action again on Nov. 14 when they travel to California for the NCAA West Regional, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer.