The Seattle University cross country team started the process of determining the representatives for the Great West Conference Championships by competing at the Mike Hodges Invitational Friday afternoon at Clackamas Community College.
Peter VanNuland (Newcastle, Wash.) led the Redhawk men, finishing in 18th place in the men's four-mile run with a time of 21:27.54. Brothers Chris Auld (Eugene, Ore.) and Dan Auld (Eugene, Ore.) crossed the finish line in 20th place and 22nd place, respectively, with times of 21:33.89 and 21:35.55.
David Strand (Seattle, Wash.) finished the course in 21:38.85, good enough for a 25th place finish, while Keenan Clinch (Sammamish, Wash.) finished in 37th place with a time of 21:50.27. Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.) took 22:05.12 to complete the course for a 39th place finish.
On the women's side, Meghan Arigo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) was the first Seattle U runner to cross the finish line, posting a time of 20:25.79 over the five-kilometer course. Amy Tolentino (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) finished in 49th place with a time of 20:38.99, and Allison Prather (Carpinteria, Calif.) finished in 53rd place in 20:51.32.
Mary Thompson (Simi Valley, Calif.) posted a time of 21:48.94 to finish in 69th place, with Haley Kruell (Portland, Ore.) right behind her in 70th place in 22:09.09. Meghan Manwill (Eugene, Ore.) finished in 74th place with a time of 23:14.28.
In the team standings, the men finished in third place with 81 points, while the women finished in eighth place with 202 points. By virtue of being one of the top three Seattle U runners in this event, VanNuland, the Auld brothers, Arigo, Tolentino, and Prather maintain an opportunity to run their way into competing at the conference championships.
The top seven Seattle U runners of each gender from the Emerald City Open, as well as the top three males and top three females from Friday's race, will head to Corvallis, Ore., next Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Beaver Classic, scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. The performances in that event will determine the group of runners that will represent the Redhawks at the Great West Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 29, in Grand Forks, N.D.