SEATTLE – (Sept. 1) Seattle U cross country competed in its first meet on Friday at Magnuson Park, facing off against the University of Washington.

Olivia Stein led the way for the Redhawks’ women with an 11th-place time of 17:00.38, while Matthew Seidel led the Redhawks’ men with a 13th-place time of 22:55.51.

The University of Washington, a perennial powerhouse in both men and women’s cross country, was a welcome challenge to start the year for SU first-year Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “Both the (UW) men and women programs have a chance to be trophy teams," said Sullivan. "They are super loaded on both sides. I wanted our team to run with their best as long as we could.”

Sullivan had no shortage of optimism about Seattle U’s performance. “We were focused, we had a plan and we were intent on racing hard,” Sullivan said. “Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of our efforts.”

Johnathan Stevens of the University of Washington took the men’s 7,200-meter title with a time of 22:25.95 and Isobel Batt-Doyle of the University of Washington took the women’s 4800-meter title with a time of 16:18.49.

Next up for the Redhawks is the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle on Sept. 16.