TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound cross country teams have plenty to prove when they run in the Charles Bowles Invitational, hosted by Willamette, in Salem, Oregon Saturday, Sept. 29.
Get used to the name
Freshman Colin Monaghan has run just two collegiate races, but he's been the top finisher among NCAA runners both times. He won the men's 8k in the Puget Sound Invitational (Sept. 1) with a time of 25:55.00. There were 44 runners in the men's race. Two weeks later, Monaghan placed second out of 93 runners (first among NCAA runners) in the Pacific Lutheran Invitational 8k (Sept. 15), crossing the finish line in 25:07.07. He has twice received Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
Fighting for regional rank
The Logger women began the season ranked No. 6 in the West Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). However, following two races Puget Sound slipped out of the regional ranks. The Loggers have a chance to rejoin the regional discussion following Saturday's competition.
Out to prove herself
The 2017 NWC Women's Freshman of the Year is out to prove that last year was no fluke. Samantha Schaffer placed ninth out of 92 runners in the PLU Invitational (Sept. 15) by timing in at 23:35.33. She was third out of 27 in the Puget Sound Invitational (Sept. 1) with a time of 24:32.00.
The Loggers will run in the Lewis & Clark Invitational (Oct. 13) before competing in the Northwest Conference Championships (Oct. 27) in Estacada, Oregon.