SALEM, Ore. - (Sept. 30) The Seattle University cross country team put on its best performance of the 2017 season at the Willamette Charles Bowles Invitational at Bush Park in Salem Ore., Saturday. The men's team finished second in the 17-team field and the women's team finished third in the 18-team field.

Junior Olivia Stein finished third of 166 runners in the women's 5k race with a time of 17:44.6. Senior Johanna Erickson (ninth) snagged a top-ten finish in her season debut with a time of 18:02.9. Rounding out the top-five runner for the Redhawks were three freshman Rachel Kastama (18th, 18:19.2), Megan Delorey (39th, 18:48.7) and Eleanor Stein (45th,18:59.3) en route to a third-place finnish. 

The men were led to a second-place finish in the 8k by a pair of top-ten finishes from junior Eli Boudouris (eighth, 25:18.4) and senior Jacques Hebert (10th, 25:23.4). Senior Matthew Seidel finished in 12th place with a time of 25:24.0. The Redhawks finished with 79 points, only 20 points behind the champions, University of Portland.

Head Coach Kelly Sullivan was very pleased with the way his team performed. The meet was also a homecoming of sorts for Sullivan, who both ran and coached at Willamette.

"It went really well," Sullivan said. "Across the board I am super proud of both teams. The top seven or eight men got out right in the front part of it from the begining and picked some people off in the last mile-and-a-half. Olivia was really racing to win today and I was very proud of that. Bush Park was a lot slower then it has been in the past so I will tell the team not to worry about times and just focus on how well we raced against good competition." 

The Redhawks will look to build on today's impressive performance when they travel to Sunnyvale, Calif., on Oct. 14 to race in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.