LEWISTON, Idaho - (Oct. 14) Seattle University cross country competed in their fourth event of the season on Saturday at the Lewis and Clark State Invitational at Lewis-Clark Orchards in Lewiston, Idaho. The Redhawks were originally slated to compete in the Bronco invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif., before moving to the Lewis and Clark Invitational due to poor air quality caused by the wildfires in Northern California.
Junior Olivia Stein lead the way for Seattle U with a personal record second-place time of 17:27.0 in the Women's Division I, 5k race. Stein was followed by Senior Johanna Erickson who finished 11th with a time of 17:57.4. Freshmen Rachel Kastama (24th, 18:24.2) and Megan Delorey (32nd, 18:39.8) rounded out the top four for the Redhawks. Sophomore Shannan Higgins finished with a time of 18:52.0 to finish in 40th place.
In the men's Division I, 8k, Junior Eli Boudouris led Seattle U with a time of 24:58.0, good for a 28th place finish. Junior Matthew Seidel finished 46th with a time of 25:22.4. Rounding out the top five for the men was senior Tyler Flannery (64th, 25:51.7), freshman Kyle Kennedy (66th, 25:56.7) and sophomore Blake Delaney (71st, 26:03.7).
"Olivia had a very strong showing again," Head Coach Kelly Sullivan said. "This is back-to-back meets where Olivia has set a personal record and had very strong finishes. Also, very proud of Shannan who had a big improvement from the Willamette Invitational. The men had problems getting out fast enough and bunch of them got stuck to far back on a tight course early on and had to fight through to many bodies. That's on me for not emphasizing that better. Eli did great job moving up as did few others. Gives us more motivation for conference We will be ready for the (Western Athletic Conference) Championships, the conference is very strong so it will be a fun meet."
The next race for the Redhawks is the WAC Cross country championships in Las Cruces, NM on Oct. 28th.