TACOMA, Washington – Two NCAA Division-III Championship appearances, three All-Northwest Conference honorees, and a conference title. The Puget Sound men's and women's cross country teams made big strides in 2018.
Freshman men's runner Colin Monaghan made an immediate impact for the Loggers, and he didn't let up all season. Monaghan won the first race of the season – the Puget Sound Invitational. Through his first five collegiate races, Monaghan beat all NCAA D-III runners en route to being named the NWC Men's Runner of the Year and the NWC Men's Freshman of the Year.
Monaghan won the NWC men's title at McIver State Park in Estacada, Oregon. The Puyallup, Washington native timed in at 25:39.1 to earn the crown. He was one of three Loggers to earn All-NWC honors.
Jack Lindauer received an All-NWC nod by placing eighth overall with a time of 26:30.4 during the championships. Puget Sound women's sophomore Samantha Schaffer, who was the 2017 NWC Women's Freshman of the Year, earned an All-NWC honor for the second consecutive season. She placed 10th overall with a championship time of 23:53.1.
Women's runner Emery Bradlina missed the 2017 season to study abroad, but she had a strong return in 2018. Bradlina opened the season by winning the Puget Sound Invitational, and come November she was an All-West Region honoree.
Competing in Walla Walla, Washington, Bradlina placed 10th overall in the NCAA West Regional Championship by timing in at 22.45.7. Monaghan also earned an All-West Region honor by placing sixth overall (25:10.00). The duo earned a bid to the NCAA D-III Championships in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
On the national stage, Monaghan placed 69th in the men's race, and Bradlina was 227th in the women's race.