LAS CRUCES, N.M. - (Oct. 28) Seattle U cross country raced in the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday morning in Las Cruces, N.M. The New Mexico State golf course, where the Championship race was held, sits at 3,900 feet above sea level, 3,400 feet above Seattle. That wasn't enough to stop the Redhawk runners from snagging WAC honors.
Senior Matthew Seidel ran a 30-second personal record in the men's 8K race with a time of 24:23, good enough for seventh place and a First Team All-WAC honor. Junior Eli Boudouris finished 24th in the race with a time of 25:15. Seidel and Boudouris were followed by senior Jacques Hebert (26th, 25:22) and freshman Lance Slichko (33rd, 25:45). Senior Tyler Flannery (25:46) and sophomore Blake Delaney (25:48) finished 34th and 35th respectively to round out the scoring for Seattle U. The Redhawk men finished with a final score of 119 and fourth place finish. UMKC pulled off an upset over race favorite Utah Valley, leveling them on points (42) and winning the tie-breaker to take home the Championship.
In the women's 5K race, junior Olivia Stein again set the pace for the Redhawks with a time of 17:23 and a ninth-place finish. The time landed Stein a spot on the Second Team All-WAC. Senior Johanna Erickson joined Stein on the Second Team ALL-WAC with a 14th place finish and a time of 17:38. A pair of freshman followed and recorded top-30 finishes, Megan Delorey (24th, 18:11) and Rachel Kastama (28th, 18:20). Rounding out the scoring runners for Seattle U were Shannan Higgins (41st, 19:03) and freshman Elle Stein (45th, 19:16). The Redhawks finished fourth with 106 points, while host Mew Mexico State upset Utah Valley, again in a tie breaker.
"We raced hard on both sides," Head Coach Kelly Sullivan said. "I was pleased with the effort. It was a big race for Matt to get seventh and finish his WAC career with his best finish. The girls ran steady and strong, proud of Olivia and Johanna to finish on All-WAC teams. Everyone was tired when they crossed the finish line and that just shows you they worked hard."
Next up, the Redhawk runners will head back to Seattle and race in the NCAA West Regional meet at Jefferson Park on Nov. 10.