UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASH. – Seattle U cross country put on a show on Saturday afternoon at the John Payne/Curtis Invitational, held this year at Chambers Bay. The women’s squad, led by senior Olivia Stein, took first place as a team; Stein also took first out of 49 total runners with a 5k time of 17:23.70. Junior Hamza Ali finished first for the Redhawk men in the 8k race, crossing the finish line in 25:32.70, good for 11th place out of 62 and a personal best. Seattle U’s men finished in a composite second place, behind only third-ranked Washington.
Stein was not the only woman to turn in an impressive performance for the Redhawks. Junior Rachel Kastama (18:06.40) beat her previous record by almost 13 seconds and claimed fourth place overall, while freshman Delaney Griffin came in just behind at a fifth-place (and personal-best) 18:08.10. The slew of Redhawks in the top 10 continued with personal records from sophomores Courtney Gelmini (sixth place, 18:09.80), Ellie Postma (seventh place, 18:21.00) and Marie-Therese Chahrouri (ninth place, 18:24.00).
Senior Shannan Higgins beat her own personal best by over eight seconds with a time of 18:43.80, while junior Megan Delorey followed at 18:53.10 and freshman Emily Harris posted a personal-best 18:55.40. Fellow freshman Grace Much set her own PR at 19:33.90, as did sophomore Abby Smith (19:41.00); finally senior Siobhan Rubio rounded out the Seattle U entries at 19:53.10.
The men had no shortage of personal records, either. Junior Nathan Pixler finished the race exactly 10 seconds behind Ali at 25:42.70, earning 13th place, while senior Andrew Ayers came in 16th place with his personal-best time of 25:59.00. He was followed by junior Kyle Kennedy and his 18th-place time of 26:06.20, as well as sophomore Ansel Pendley-Griffin (26:28.30) and senior Blake Delaney (26:39.10).
Finally, freshman Gus Harquail shaved four seconds off his personal record for a time of 26:54.70), sophomore Stephen Crocker (27:09.70) beat his old record by 25 seconds, and sophomore Lance Slichko finished at 27:42.60.
Seattle U has two weeks to train and rest before heading down to Sunnyvale, Calif., for the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara University on Saturday, Oct. 19. The first race will begin at 8:45 a.m. PT.