NO. 4 EASTERN STAYS SHORT AT HOME
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
Having just earned the No. 4 ranking in the country, the Eastern Oregon mens cross country team celebrated with a shorter-than-usual run at home Saturday.
The Mountaineers easily outraced Boise State in a dual meet on campus that featured a 5,000-meter mens race and a 4,000-meter womens run.
The men usually run an 8K and the women a 5K.
That allows us to work on some tactical things, Eastern Oregon coach Ben Welch said.
For one thing, Eastern is in the middle of a four-week competition stretch, and Welch doesnt like to compete more than two weeks in a row.
Saturdays shorter races also allowed the runners to work on the hardest parts of their longer races. For the women, between 1 and 2 miles is the hardest part of the race. A 4K is about 65 yards short of 2 miles.
By doing that it forces them to run fast at the part of the race where they had to go slowest, Welch said.
On an 8K, the men have a harder time between two and four miles. Again, Saturdays race forced them to speed up when they normally would not.
It worked for the Mountaineers against Boise State. Easterns top seven runners crossed the finish line before Boise States first. Brian Crowl was the winner in 15 minutes, 38 seconds.
On the mens side we were hoping for a one-to-five sweep, but the one-to-seven was a bonus, Welch said.
For the Mountaineer women, it was just the opposite. Boise State had the top six finishers, and its No. 7 runner finished before Easterns first, which was Lisa Muilenburg in 10th at 15:40.
Eastern runners Kelsey Jones and Katlin Lafferty, running unattched because they are redshirting this season, were seventh and eighth in 15:21 and 15:29.
The Eastern men found out Friday they were ranked fourth in the latest NAIA national poll. The poll came out Friday and reflects the previous weekends strong performance at the Willamette Invitational.
That was higher than I expected, Welch said. Its where we should be, to be honest, but the truth be told, we didnt think wed get that much respect. We tend to be underrated.
Eastern finished the 2000 regular season ranked 12th, but finished tied for sixth at the national meet.
Eastern started the season ranked seventh and was as low as 11th the week before moving up to fourth. Region I rival Northwest Nazarene was ranked 21st to start the season but rocketed to as high as third after finishing ahead of Eastern at meets in Walla Walla and Pasco, Wash.
The Mountaineers get an advance look at the Region I championship course Saturday at a Northwest College-hosted meet at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Wash.
Eastern Oregon University Invitational
Mens (5,000 meters)
Team scores Eastern Oregon 15, Boise State 50.
Individual results 1, Brian Crowl, EOU, 15:38.4; 2, Tim Riley, EOU, 15:43.1; 3, David Terry, EOU, 15:50.8; 4, Ian Schroeder, EOU, 15:53.6; 5, Eric Griffiths, EO, 15:54.6; 6, Dallas Kinch, EO, 15:58.1; 7, Sean Williams, EO, 16:08.9; 8, Josh Sherven, BS, 16:15.5; 9, Miles Wiscombe, BS, 16:28.3; 10, Kenny McDaniel, BS, 16:48.2; 11, Jarrett Kuzmic, BS, 16:49.8; 12, Daniel McGourty, EO, 17:00.9; 13, Nate Demer, BS, 17:16.8; 14, Jordan Baumgartner, EO, 17:24.6; 15, Ryan Trapp, BS, 17:37.9; 16, Ivan Steadman, unattached, 17:46.6; 17, Jesse Peterson, EO, 17:46.8; 18, Alex McGladrey, unattached, 18:15.4; 19, Justin Hacking, BS, 19:03.8; 20, Tyler Rux, EO, 19:27.9; 21, Neil Peterson, EO, 19:38.8; 22, Matt Walker, BS, 21:00.4.
Women (4,000 meters)
Team scores Boise State 15, Eastern Oregon 50.
Individual results 1, Michelle Carman, BS, 12:15.9; 2, Robin Wemple, BS, 14:02.6; 3, Adrienne Rogers, BS, 14:25.4; 4, Sheena Scott, BS, 14:30.6; 5, Laura Ellsworth, BS, 14:46.6; 6, Samantha Spencer, BS, 15:05.1; 7, Kelsey Jones, unattached, 15:21.4; 8, Katlin Lafferty, unattached, 15:29.3; 9, Sarah Morris, BS, 15:29.5; 10, Lisa Muilenburg, EO, 15:40.4; 11, Suzy Campbell, EO, 15:41.8; 12, Brady Lukkari, BS, 16:07.8; 13, Deborah Moyer, EO, 16:29.3; 14, Sarah Doty, BS, 16:44.2; 15, Izumi Sato, EO, 17:01.7; 16, Amy Larson, BS, 17:12.9; 17, Laura Mortensen, EO, 17:18.1; 18, Jennifer McGladrey, EO, 17:36.5; 19, Shelby Zacharias, EO, 18:38.0; 20, Ashley Zacharias, EO, 19:06.6.