Pirate Women Win PLU Invite

Pirate Women Win PLU Invite

by Alli Kieckbusch, Student Writer

TACOMA, Wash. – Whitworth women's cross country won its first meet of the year the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on Saturday morning. 

The Pirates competed against several other Division III teams in addition to the Seattle Running Club, Green River College, Olympic College, and PLU alumni. The men's team finished fourth overall behind George Fox, who finished in first place.  The Pirate women took home the win with an average time of 23:42.22.

Marissa Mount led the Bucs in the 6-kilometer race, finishing fifth with a time of 23:20.76, and only falling to 3 other Division III competitors. She crossed the finish line over four seconds before Whitman's Lucy O'Sullivan. 

Seventh and eighth place finishes from Krystal Roberts and Ellie Shoop contributed to the Pirates' success, as well Roberts completed the race in 23:27.68, and Shoop in 23:28.87.

Emma Bates completed the run with a 23:56.48 time, finishing 12th overall and 10th among the Northwest Conference athletes. Isabelle Snyder also helped the Bucs with her 19th place finish. 

On the men's side, William Glick was the first Pirate to finish. He placed 11th overall with a 26:27.65 time. Aidan Smith crossed the line right behind him with a 26:27.66, just before George Fox's Timothy Kaelin. 

Jacob Clark and Nathaniel Anderson were the next two Whitworth runners to finish, placing 21st and 22nd place. Their times of 27:00.84 and 27:10.00 aided the Bucs' fourth place result. 

The Pirates will have one week off until they travel to Salem, Oregon for the 44th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational. The race begins at 9:30 am on September 29th.