WOU men third at GNAC meet

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Connor Kasler finished 11th to pace the No. 22-ranked Western Oregon men's cross country team to third place with 80 points at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Ch

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Connor Kasler finished 11th to pace the No. 22-ranked Western Oregon men's cross country team to third place with 80 points at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on the Apple Ridge Run Course on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Kasler was one of five Western Oregon men to finish in the top 22. He completed the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 45 seconds.

Dan Sprinkle came in 10 seconds behind Kasler to claim 13th place in 25:55 for the Wolves. He was followed closely by fellow senior Kyle Larson. Larson captured 14th place with a time of 25:59.

Lukas Fenley was the Wolves' fourth finisher with a time of 26:14 to place 20th and Ryan Chapman rounded out the scoring for WOU, finishing 22nd (26:19).

Alaska Anchorage won the men's race with 27 points. It was followed by Western Washington in second with 63 points. This is the fourth straight season that Western Oregon has placed third at the GNAC Championships.

"This was our best race of the past two or three years," said Western Oregon head coach Mike Johnson. "Unfortunately, it was also probably the best races of the season for Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington as well."

Janelle Everetts led the Western Oregon women's team for the fourth meet in a row. She placed 25th with a time of 23:40.

The WOU women finished seventh overall with 196 points. Amanda Wright was the 33rd finisher on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 24:01.

Megan Everetts paced the next group of Western Oregon runners. She finished 53rd with a time of 25:05, followed by KayAnna Cecchi in 54th place (25:09) and Rachel Shelley in 56th (25:16).

The Wolves will next compete at the NCAA Division II West Regionals in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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