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Bulldog Runners Get Final WCC Tune-up

Oct. 13, 2007


CHENEY, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's and women's cross country team got its final tune-up prior to the West Coast Conference Championship by competing in the Eastern Washington University Invitational on Saturday.

And, for the most part, head coach Kevin Swaim liked what he saw.

For the record, EWU swept both the men's and women's dual scoring meet, the EWU men taking a 15-47 victory and the women claiming a 15-41 edge over their Bulldog counterparts. The University of Calgary also competed in the meet, but because the Canadian school is not NCAA Division I dual scoring can't be used.

Colby Litzenberger finished 12th for the men in 26:25.3 over the 8K course, with Brett Withers 24th in 27:15.0. Geoff Kerr of Calgary won the men's race in 24:59.1.

On the women's side, Molly Funk finished 18th in 20:13.3 over the 5K layout with Laura Volcheff 21st in 20:54.3 and Madeleine Gianotti 24th in 21:18.4. Mattie Bridgmon of host EWU captured the women's race in 18:24.1.

"Saturday wasn't about winning as much as is was getting in a good race and working on us prior to the WCC Championship so we go into that meet with confidence," head coach Kevin Swaim said. "I think our top two or three for both the men and women ran well, and we continued to work on closing the gap as a team. Like I've said all year, this team is young but I think we are continuing to improve. I think the competition for spots has heated up as the gap has closed. To be successful in two weeks we need to close the gap even more to score well as a team."

The Bulldogs will compete in the WCC Championship Oct. 27 at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Belmont, Calif.