WOMEN WIN NNU INVITE

September 12, 2005 11:00 pm

NAMPA – The Eastern Oregon University women's cross country team won the Northwest Nazarene University Invite Saturday with 42 points, four more than second place Boise State University.

"It was a great opener," said EOU assistant coach Julianna Looney. "We didn't beat Lewis-Clark till nationals last season and to open up beating them in the first meet is awesome."

Lewis-Clark State finished third at the NNU Invite.

Stephanie Colkitt and Chelliey Corder finished fourth and fifth to lead the Mountaineers.

Colkitt's time was a personal record, beating her previous best by 65 seconds.

"She's been training really hard," Looney said. "Hopefully it'll stay that way and keep escalating."

Also finishing in the top twenty were Marcella Bosch (14), Nicole Woitovitch (15) and Rian Finney (19).

The men's cross country team didn't fair as well, finishing fifth in a tight pack.

Eastern finished with 75 overall points, just behind Boise State and Northwestern which tied with 74.

"They were only out of second by three points," Looney said. "And only out of first by 19."

The men were without Adam Goule, who would have helped the team according to Looney.

"He wasn't able to run this weekend," Looney said. "But he should be in our top five to seven runners."

Albertson's finished first with 54 points and Lewis Clark State College finished second with 72.

Leading the way for the men was Josh Ego, who finished 11th.

Others in the top 30 were Daniel Sipko (20), Jason Griffiths (21) and John Aguirre (29).

EOU heads to Seattle Saturday for the Sundodger Invite.