ESTACADA, Ore. - With senior captain Kristen Ballinger placing sixth, the Whitman College women's cross country team finished second in the team scoring here at McIver State Park Saturday in the Lewis & Clark Pioneer Open cross country meet.
In the men's race, senior captains Daniel Luecke and Sam Hennessey led Whitman to third place.
With two more Missionaries placing in the top 10, Whitman finished with 61 place points for its top five runners, trailing only the host Pioneers in a five-team meet. Two other Northwest Conference schools, Puget Sound and George Fox, also competed along with a team of Lewis & Clark alumni.
Ballinger paced Whitman on the 6K course with a time of 23:01. Sophomore Emilie Gilbert was ninth in 23:23 followed by junior Jennifer Farley in 10th place with a time of 23:28.
"It was a great run by our top three runners today," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "Truly fantastic performances."
Amanda Phillips, running for the Lewis & Clark alumni team, won the race in 21:56.
The Lewis & Clark varsity topped team scoring with 28 points.
The Missionaries return to action Oct. 30 at the Northwest Conference Championships in Tacoma.
Lewis & Clark's men were first in the team scoring with 49 place points for its top five runners. Whitman was third with 93 points.
Luecke and Hennessey paced the Missionaries, placing 14th and 18th, respectively, with times of 26:43 and 26:55. Sophomore Taylor Mesojednik was the third Missionary to finish, running the 8,000-meter course in 26:58.
Freshman Spencer Corwin and John Callow, a third senior captain, rounded out the Whitman top five, placing 22nd and 24th, respectively, in 27:09 and 27:13.