Men's Cross Country Finishes Fourth, Women Sixth in NWC Championship

Men's Cross Country Finishes Fourth, Women Sixth in NWC Championship

Ariel Wilks
Sports Information Intern

Men's Results
Women's Results

SPOKANE, Wash. -  The Lewis & Clark cross country teams completed in the Northwest Conference Championship race hosted by Whitworth on Saturday.  The men were lead to a fourth place finish by senior Jarrod Nixon and junior Katherine Keith helped the women to a sixth place finish.  Willamette took home the crown on both the women's and men's side.  

On the men's side Nixon finished the 8k race in fourth place with a time of 25:18.29, a new career-best.  Seniors Andrew LeDonne (20th) and Brendy Hale (21st) were the next Lewis & Clark finishers finishing with times of 26:10.49 and 26:10.95, respectively.  Rounding out the top five were sophomore Nicholas Ellis (34th, 26:35.83) and freshman Andrew Muhn (45th, 27:01.93). 

Willamette's Parker Bennett won the race in a time of 24:30.62 leading his team to the championship crown with a combined score of 49.  Puget Sound was the runner up with a score of 69 and Whitman took home third place with an 82.  Lewis & Clark was forth with a score of 122.  Rounding out the scoring was Linfield in fifth with 128, Whitworth in sixth with 135, George Fox in seventh with 147, Pacific (Ore.) in eighth with 210, and Pacific Lutheran in ninth with 224. 

On the women's side L&C's junior Keith finished the 6k race in 10th with a time of 22:56.79.  The next L&C runner to cross the finish line was senior Melissa Newton-Mora who placed 14th with a time of 23:05.49.  Rounding out the top five were senior Kaitlyn Throgmorton (23rd, 23:23.81), junior Ali Brauer (27th, 23:32.36), and senior Emily Fagan (40th, 23:51.71). 

Willamette captured the championship with a combined score of 37 and was lead by Michaela Freeby who finished first with a time of 21:42.19.  The runner up was Whitworth with a score of 52 and Whitman took home third place with a score of 101.  Fourth place went to Linfield with 104 and fifth place was secured by Puget Sound with 112. One point behind was Lewis & Clark for sixth place with 113.  Rounding out the scoring was Pacific Lutheran in sevnth with 207, George Fox in eighth with 239, and Pacific (Ore.) in ninth with 255.