SPOKANE — In a field that was heavily packed with Division 1 schools, the Whitman cross country teams fared well today at the Clash of the Inland Northwest meet held in Spokane.
In addition to Northwest Conference rivals Whitworth and Lewis-Clark State, the field included Eastern Washington, Idaho, Gonzaga and Washington State University.
In their head-to-head competition against Lewis-Clark State and Whitworth, the Missionary women split, defeating the Pirates 19-36 and falling to the Pioneers 37-18. Lewis and Clark came into the meet ranked No. 23 in the nation.
Individually, Whitman’s top runner was Skye Pauly, who finished 30th (15:22.0) in the 4-kilometer race, which is shorter than the customary NCAA length of 6 kilometers. Clustered in a close pack behind Pauly were the other top five Whitman runners: Ziggy Lanman, who finished 37th (15:37.0); Julia Hart, who finished 38th (15:38.0); Julia Wood, 42nd (15:44); and Carolyn Erving, 48th (15:58).
“I am extremely excited about our performance today,” Whitman coach Scott Shields said. “I am really looking forward to seeing how the season falls into place, especially in our home meet next Saturday when we host Eastern Oregon University.”
On the men’s side, Whitman lost both head-to-head matchups: 50-15 to Lewis and Clark and 38-17 to Whitworth.
Whitman’s T.C. Heydon’s finished 52nd with a time of 20:32 and Carl Garrett, running his fastest collegiate career time of 20:56, placed 65th.
Greg Holdman was right in Garrett’s tracks at 66th (20:59). The two other top five finishers for the Missionaries were Joe Mayo at 68th (21:08) and Colin Domonoske at 69th (21:12).
Both the men’s and the women’s teams will face the Mountaineers at Fort Walla Walla Park Saturday at 10 a.m.