TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's and women's cross country teams open the 2017 season with the Puget Sound Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 2. In a recent poll of Northwest Conference head coaches, the Logger women are expected to finish the season fifth in the NWC (click HERE), and the men are predicted to place seventh (click HERE).
The Loggers are accustomed to opening the fall season with a strong start. Last year, the women placed four runners in the top 10 of the Puget Sound Invitational. Returning senior Terra Wildon finished eighth overall with a time of 25:17.51. Senior Alison Wise also aims to take the next step in her collegiate career. She placed 36 out of 80 runners in the 2016 NWC Championships, timing in at 23:48.4.
Returning men's sophomore Jack Monaghan placed fifth in the 2016 Puget Sound Invitational, crossing the finish line in 27:34.00. Monaghan's classmate, Isaac Fournier, will also be a key runner for the 2017 men's team.
Following the Puget Sound Invitational at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington, the Loggers make the short trip up I-5 for the Sundodger Invitational, Sept. 15, in Seattle. Two weeks later, Puget Sound heads south for the Chuck Bowles Invitational in Salem, Oregon (Sept. 30).
The Pioneer Invitational hosted by Lewis & Clark is slated for Oct. 14, and the conference championships are Oct. 28, in Walla Walla Washington.