FAIRBANKS — Ross MacDougall led the Alaska Nanooks men and Kali Striker was the top women’s finisher Saturday in the 40th Annual Western Washington University Cross Country Classic in Bellingham, Wash.
The Nanooks men posted a total of 168 points to place seventh among eight teams and the Alaska women finished ninth among 10 teams with a 275 total.
The Greater Bellingham Running Club took the overall women’s team title with 75 points, just three more than Simon Fraser University, the top collegiate team in the 6-kilometer event at East Lake Paden Park. The host Vikings, the Nanooks, Simon Fraser and Central Washington were the Great Northwest Athletic Conference entries in the meet, which was the regular-season finale for the Nanooks.
The Western Washington men swept the top five places in their 10K race to claim the team title with 15 points. The University of British Columbia was runner-up with 61.
MacDougall, a Nanooks redshirt sophomore from Astoria, Ore., placed 39th in the men’s race in 33 minutes, 26 seconds, and senior teammate Tux Seims, from Homer, followed one second later for 40th place.
Luc Bruchet and Keir Forster, teammates from the Point Grey Track and Field Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, posted the top overall times, respectively, of 30:57 and 31:41.
However, their results didn’t count in the team standings and the host Vikings, with a sweep of the top five college sports, earned the team title. Western Washington’s Chip Jackson was the top collegian in a fifth-place overall time of 32:03.
Striker, a Nanooks freshman from Midlothian, Va., finished 53rd in the women’s race in 23:54. Fellow freshman Dorothy O’Donnell, a 2013 West Valley High School graduate, had the second-best finish for the Nanooks women, clocking in at 24:10 for 59th place.
A pair of teammates from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., captured the top spots in the women’s race. Sarah Inglis won in 21:31 and Alison Jackson placed second in 21:48.
The women’s race had 99 finishers while 109 runners completed the men’s course.
The Nanooks, Simon Fraser, Western Washington and Central Washington compete in the GNAC Championships on Oct. 26 in Monmouth, Ore.
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