TACOMA, Washington - The 2016 Puget Sound cross country season started with a couple of top-three finishes, and it ended with an NCAA All-West Region honor.
Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski won the season's first event – the Puget Sound Invitational (Sept. 3) – with a time of 26:43.00, besting 45 other men's runners in the 8k. Tori Klein finished third out of 41 runners in the women's 6k, crossing the finish line in 23:45.10.
A little more than two months later, Klein earned an NCAA Division-III All-West Region honor by finishing 14th (23:00.08) out of 63 runners in a race hosted by Willamette on Nov. 12. The Puget Sound women placed ninth overall as a team.
Klein and Lizier-Zmudzinski paced the women's and men's teams through most of the season. However, several Loggers set personal records during the fall.
During the Sundodger Invitational (Sept. 17), Terra Wildon timed in with a personal-best time of 24:21.30. In that same women's race, Klein finished with the Loggers' 12th-best finish in program history by crossing the finish line in 22:40.10. In the men's Sundodger race, Jack Monaghan's finish in 26:48.10 was a personal best.
Isaac Fournier stepped up for the Logger men during the Chuck Bowles Invitational (Oct. 1) and was the team's top finisher with a time of 26.34.40.
Both Klein and Lizier-Zmudzinski were the Loggers' top finishers in the NWC women's and men's championships. Klein earned All-NWC First Team by finishing fourth overall, and Lizier-Zmudzinski narrowly missed an All-NWC by placing 15th.
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