Missionary women 5th at NWC championships

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Whitman College twin sisters Emilie and Katri Gilbert were their school’s top performers here Saturday at the Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships.

Emilie finished ninth in a field of 82 women in a time of 23 minutes, 26 seconds, and Katri was just two seconds behind her sister and in 10th place. Both earn all-NWC honorable mention, with the top seven runners in the field awarded first-team honors.

The Gilberts, who are from Bellevue, Wash., led the Missionaries to fifth place in the field of nine schools with a combined time of 1:59:38 for their top seven runners.

Meet host Lewis & Clark College’s women’s team ruled the day on a soggy Sunset Grove Golf Course trail as Pioneers teammates Emily Thomas and Melissa Newton-Mora finished 1-2. Thomas won the race in 22:37, a 6:04-minute mile average over 6 kilometers, and Newton-Mora was 13 seconds behind Thomas in second place at 22:50.

The Pioneers’ top seven runners averaged 23:03 for a 1:55:13 team time, which was one second shy of a two-minute advantage over second-place Willamette. Whitworth University placed third and Linfield College fourth before Whitman’s fifth-place finish with an average time of 23:56 for its top seven runners.

Shannon McCarty ran third for the Missionaries in a time of 24:07, good for 24th place overall. Emily Williams was two spots back in 26th place in a time of 24:11.

Julie Wood (38th) was clocked in 24:26, Erin Campbell (42nd) turned in a time of 24:30 and Lori Mendelsohn (46th) had a 24:40 time.

Whitman’s fifth-place finish was one place lower than the fourth-place finish the Missionaries earned the last two years at this meet.

Whitman’s men’s team finished seventh in the nine-school field in a combined time of 2:17:45 for its top seven runners over 8 kilometers. The Missionaries averaged 27:33 individually.

Cory Rand paced the Whits in a time of 26:55, which was good for 16th place. Taylor Mesojednik was 10 spots back in 26th place in 27:22, and Spencer Corwin finished 35th in the 82-runner field in 27:39.

Rounding out Whitman’s seven-man team were Carl Garrett, 40th place, 27:53; Joe Mayo, 45th, 27:56; Colin Domonoske, 51st, 28:10; and Chris Farley, 53rd, 28:13.

Willamette’s Parker Bennett was the individual champion in 25:48, an average of 5:12 over the 8K race, and he led the Bearcats to the team championship. Willamette’s total time of 2:12:35 was more than two minutes faster than second-place Lewis & Clark, which totaled 2:14:53.

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