SEATTLE — Twin sisters Emilie and Katri Gilbert were Whitman College’s top two performers here Saturday at Lincoln Park during the 21st annual Sundodger Invitational cross country races.
On a gorgeous West Seattle Day that proved difficult to dodge the September sun, the senior duo from Bellevue finished 13th and 23rd in a field of 213 women in the meet’s 6-kilometer open division.
Emilie was clocked in 22 minutes, 45.59 seconds for 13th place and Katri turned in a 23:06.80 time for her 23rd-place finish.
The Gilberts led the Missionary women’s team to a fifth-place finish in a field of 19 teams. The Whits’ total time for their top seven runners was 1:57:10.37, and their average time was 23:26.08.
Northwest Conference rivals Lewis & Clark and Linfield finished ahead of Whitman, with L&C taking the top spot and the Wildcats placing fourth. But Whitworth (9th), University of Puget Sound (12th), Pacific (14th) and Pacific Lutheran (16th) all trailed the Missionaries in the team standings.
Whitman sophomore Erin Campbell finished 35th overall in a time of 23:26.84. Whitman’s other four counting times were freshman Julia Wood, 77th, 24:09.67; senior Lori Mendelsohn, 87th, 24:21.18; sophomore Meghan Malloy, 94th, 24:25.37; and freshman Emily Williams, 108th, 24:35.10.
Lewis & Clark’s Emily Thomas was the overall winner in a time of 24:49.61.
The sun didn’t shine quite so bright for the Whitman men as they placed 15th in a field of 22 teams with an average time of 26:54.34 over an 8K course. A British Columbia team won the race in an average time of 25:22.78, with three runners finishing in the top 10 and a fourth placing 11th.
Whitman was led by senior Cory Rand, who clocked 23:26.61 and placed 65th in a field of 236. Another senior, Taylor Mesojednik, finished 82nd in a time of 26:31.38.
Missionary juniors Spencer Corwin and Joe Mayo ran within four seconds of each other. Corwin turned in a 27:00.83 time for 112th place and Mayo ran 27:04.78 to finish 114th.
Also turning in team-counting times for the Missionaries were freshman Whitney Griggs, junior Taylor Nelson and sophomore Carl Garrett Griggs finished 139th in 27:31.06, Nelson was 161st in 28:01.57 and Garrett 169th in 28:15.01.
Chip Jackson of Western Washington University was the overall individual winner in a time of 24:54.55.
The Whitman men outran Northwest Conference rival Pacific Lutheran, which finished 17th in the team standings. But the Missionaries trailed Whitworth (6th), Puget Sound (7th), Lewis & Clark (10th), Linfield (11th) and Pacific (14th) among NWC teams entered in the big race.
Whitman’s next race is scheduled for Sept. 29 when the Missionaries run in the Charles Bush Invitational at Bush Park in Salem, Ore.