Saints cross country move into top 20 following two invitational meets
Lauren Allison, Staff Writer
The Saints cross country teams finished fourth and seventh overall at the Saint Martin’s University (SMU) Invite, while four racers finished in the top 20. On the women’s side, junior Larissa Kolasinski finished sixth overall on the 5K track with a time of 19:15.8 and an average mile time of 6:12.0 minutes. This was the third event in a row that Kolasinski led the Saints with the fastest time as well as her second top-ten finish of the season.
Coming in second for SMU was senior Yadira Lopez who finished thirteenth overall with a time of 19:40.2 minutes. Following behind was junior Lindsey Dorney who came in twentieth overall with a time of 20:00.9 minutes. Josh Hunt had the fastest time on the men’s team with a final time of 27:26.1 which placed him twelfth overall. Junior Levi Schilter and freshman Miguel De LaMelena placed 40th and 42nd overall with times of 28:26.4 and 28:30.5. The women finished with a total of 128 points while the men finished with 172 points.
When asked how the team has been performing so far, Hunt said, “The team has been great! We brought in a good group of hard workers this year and our returners put in a lot of work during the off season.”
Hunt added that “I definitely enjoyed the sunshine for the first part of the season. It’s always nice to be able and run without three layers of clothes on to keep you warm.”
The Saints competed at the 43rd Annual Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational on Saturday Sept. 30 in Salem, Ore. The women and men’s team finished eleventh and fourteenth overall with some impressive individual efforts. Lopez lead the women’s team on the 5K course finishing 27th out of 166 competitors with a final time of 18:34.3 minutes. Finishing second for the Saints and 33rd overall, Kolasinski crossed the finish line with a time of 18:40.6 minutes. Finishing 57th overall with a time of 19:16.0 minutes was Dorney who was followed by juniors Sadie Dalgleish (20:13.6) and Yeshi Vaughan (20:16.5).
On the men’s side, Hunt led the Saints for the fourth straight meet. Hunt completed the 8K course with a time of 26:14.6 minutes finishing 40th overall out of the 155 racers. Schilter finished second for the Saints with a time of 26:45.7 which placed him 68th out of 155. Miguel DeLaMelena finished third for the Saints and 94th overall with a time of 27:27.0 minutes. Finishing in the top five for the Saints was junior Joe Edgecomb who finished fourth for SMU (27:33.9) and Colton Buster (27:59.9). The men’s team had a few PRs which they were proud of which helped the team finish with a team score of 375 while the women finished with a team score of 298. The Saints finished off their regular season events on Oct. 7 at Western Washington in the Western Washington Classic.