Inman, Garner Lead Huskies at Pre-National Meet
Oct. 19, 2002
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Junior Eric Garner placed 17th and senior Courtney Inman ran 29th Saturday to lead the Husky men's and women's teams, respectively, to top-15 finishes at the Pre-National Cross-Country Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., site of next month's NCAA Cross-Country Championships.
The meet, which pits the nation's top teams against each other in a preview of the NCAA Championships, is divided into two men's and two women's races, each seeded equally.
Third-ranked Colorado, bolstered by the 23-minute, 35-second winning performance of Jorge Torres, scored 87 points to earn the victory in the Men's White race, in which the Huskies placed 13th with a score of 364.
Garner led the Husky contingent for the third-consecutive meet, posting an impressive mark of 24:30 in a 17th-place effort. The Huskies, however, placed just one other runner -- 69th-place finisher Todd Arnold -- among the top 80 finishers, contributing to Washington's slide in the team standings. Sophomore Michael Kiter (82nd, 25:09) and redshirt freshman Mark Mandi (94th, 25:13) were the only other Huskies among the top-100 individuals.
In the Women's Blue race, No. 1 BYU won despite failing to place a runner among the top-five finishers. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan earned the individual title in a blistering 19:57 -- 12 seconds ahead of her nearst competitor -- but couldn't beat the Cougars by herself. BYU put five runners in the top-15 to score a meet-best 55 points, routing second-place Colorado by 98 points.
Inman was the Huskies' leader for the second time in as many meets for the senior this season, clocking a personal-best 21:16 to place 29th. Like their male counterparts, however, the Husky women couldn't find consistency behind their race leader, resulting in a team score of 354 that was good for 11th overall.
Several young Husky runners made Sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl ran an impressive time of 21:56 to place 82nd in the first 6,000-meter race of her collegiate career, a feat nearly matched by true freshman Laura Hodgson, who ran 85th in 21:57.
Next up for the Huskies are the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, Nov. 2 in Los Angeles, Calif. Washington's cross-country teams each earned fifth-place finishes at last year's Pac-10 meet.
For complete results of all four Pre-National Meet races, visit http://web.indstate.edu/athletic/cross/2002prencaa.html.