SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – It was a beautiful day at Baylands Park on Saturday, and senior Eli Boudouris took full advantage, posting an astonishing time of 24:17.5 in the 8k Men’s Invite to lead Seattle U cross country at the Bronco Invitational. As a team, the Redhawks finished 14th in the Men’s Invite and 22nd in the Women’s Invite.

Boudouris’ finish landed him in 18th place in the field of 176, and bested his personal record by over 40 seconds. Sophomore Nathan Pixler posted a time of 25:00.4 in the same race, followed by senior Cal Davidson-Turner at 25:15.5.  Javon Arnone led Seattle U freshmen with a time of 25:33.8, followed by classmate Alex Franklin (25:38.1).  Sophomore Kyle Kennedy (25:42.3), senior Ben Monk (25:49.1) and freshman Ansel Pendley-Griffin (26:04.8) rounded things out for the Redhawks in the Men’s Invite. Freshman Stephen Crocker, competing in the 8k Men’s Open, posted a time of 26:27.8.

In the 6k Women’s Invite, sophomore Rachel Kastama led Seattle U with a time of 21:56.0 and an 87th-place finish. Freshman Ellie Postma posted the next-best time for the Redhawks, finishing the race in 22:30.1, while junior Thea Foulk followed closely with a time of 22:37.4. Sophomore Elle Stein finished less than four seconds behind Foulk at 22:41.3. Juniors Shannan Higgins (22:56.2) and Emily O’Hara (23:12.0) posted fifth- and sixth-place finishes on the team, followed by a trio of freshmen: Marie-Therese Chahrouri (23:12.3), Abby Smith (24:02.4) and Adahra Poasa (25:37.6).

Assistant Coach Chad Pharis feels enthusiastic about the team’s chances at the upcoming conference championships. “I’m very excited with how the team raced today on a warm and dusty course. Eli posted one of the best-ever 8k times from a Seattle U athlete today. On the women’s side, Rachel competed very well to lead our team, with many others making great improvements this week.

“Everyone learned a lot from a meet this big and competitive,” he continued. “We’re excited to take this experience into the conference championships, which we host in a couple of weeks. We had two runners (senior Jacques Hebert and sophomore Megan Delorey) sit out this competition to better prepare them for the next meet. When we add them into the mix, our team is sure to see positive results.”

The Redhawks host the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Jefferson Park in Seattle. The first race will start at 10:00 AM.