Oct 16, 2010

L&C PIO OPEN: Fresh Faces Lead the Way in Final Race before NWC Championships

A Winning Tradition

  • Eight NAIA Men's National Meets (5 Top 10 finishes)
  • Five NAIA District Men's Championships (1977, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
  • One NCCAA Women's National Championship (1988)
  • Nine NAIA Women's National Meets (6 Top 10 finishes)
  • Six NAIA Women's District Championships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • One Cascade Conference Women's Championship (1994)
  • Two NAIA Region Coaches of the Year
  • 10 Conference / District Coaches of the Year
  • 23 All-Americans (6 men, 17 women)
  • 53 Academic All-Americans (18 men, 35 women)

ESTACADA, Ore. - There were fresh faces leading the way for the Bruins at the Lewis & Clark College Pio Open cross country 8K race Saturday morning at McIver State Park in their final meet before the Northwest Conference Championship coming up in two weeks.

Kyle Dreibelbis was the top runner for the Bruins for the first time this fall, placing 15th overall and 14th for team scoring with a time of 26:45.00.  Other scorers for the Bruins included Allen Cassel with a 27:21.00 (27th/25th), Aaron Molstad with a 27:33.00 (33rd/28th), Austin Morrell with a 27:35.00 (34th/29th), and Chad Sutfin with a 28:03.00 (43rd/36th).  Rounding out the Bruin contingent were Tyler Magill with a 28:10.00 (44th), Mike Calavan with a 28:20.00 (48th), and Justin Holman with a 31:19.00 (64th).

In only her second intercollegiate cross country race, senior Lizzy Alaimo, who competed for the George Fox track and field team for three years, was the top runner for the Bruins, finishing 26th overall and 22nd for team scoring with a time of 24:38.00.  Also counting for the Bruins were Chelsea Sowards with a 24:55.00 (32nd/24th), Alyssa Turner with a 25:46.00 (44th/27th), Alicia Haresnape with a 26:34.00 (53rd/29th), and Melissa Kristovich with a 27:24.00 (57th/30th).  Anna Thomas completed the George Fox field with a 27:33.00 (58th). 

Courtney Jaworski of the Puget Sound alums won the men's race with a time of 25:17.00, seven seconds ahead of John Carley, running unattached, who ran a 25:24.00.  The top varsity runner was Richie LeDonne of Lewis & Clark, who was third with a time of 25:29.00.

Amanda Phillips of the Lewis & Clark alums won the women's race with a time of 21:56.00, five seconds ahead Ilana Livstrom of the Lewis & Clark varsity, who ran a 22:01.00.

The Bruin men earned 132 points, only eight points behind the fourth-place total of 124 by the Lewis & Clark Alumni Team.  The host Lewis & Clark varsity won the race with 49 points, just ahead of the 55 collected by Carleton College.  Third place went to Whitman College with 93 points.  Behind George Fox were the University of Puget Sound Alums with 133 points and the Puget Sound varsity with 137.

The Bruin women collected a team total of 132 points, trailing first-place and host Lewis & Clark, which had 28 points, Whitman College with 61, the Lewis & Clark Alumni with 72, and the University of Puget Sound with 78.

NEXT: George Fox will finish the regular season with the Northwest Conference Championship 8K race on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash.  The women’s NWC Championship 6K race will also be there on that date.  Details of the NWC Championships, which are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m., will be announced soon.