Cross country is in full swing as the championship season is here.  The USATF Pacific Northwest Open and Masters Championships was held at "Upper" Lower Woodland Park on November 4.  The pretty autumn morning was cool and dry, but the course was wet from several days of rain.  

The races kicked off with an exciting Masters’ race.  On the women’s side, the winner was Club Northwest’s own Linda Huyck, winning in a time of 22:48.  Linda ran a tough and strong race, and she was closely followed by Gwen Lapham, who finished strongly in 22:53.  Karen Steen was first in the women’s 45-49 division in 26:05.  Kelly Kruell had a great race, finishing in a quick 25:22, which was also first in her division (W50-54).  In the same division, Gail Hall was second in 26:18.  On the men’s side, Uli Steidl won the 6K race in 20:13.  John Collins finished closely behind in second and was Club NW’s first finisher.  He ran a great race with a time of 20:21.  Jeff Hashimoto (20:26), Ben Sauvage ( 20:37), and David McColluch (21:05) rounded out Club Northwest’s top 5.  Blair Cossey (M45-49, 21:16), Michael Smith (M50-55, 21:25), Frederick Motteler (M55-59, 23:19), and Michael Allison (M60-64, 25:03) were all age group winners representing the orange.

            The open women embarked on the three 2K loops and finished very well.  Club Northwest claimed the first 6 spots and eight of the first 11.  Katherine Mackey cruised through the difficult course with ease in 21:18.  Claudia Copeland and Megan Heuer rounded out the top 3 finishers in 21:45 and 22:10, respectively.  Ruth Perkins, Kristi Houk, and Kimber Lemon were close behind in 4th, 5th, and 6th.  The CNW open women’s team won the team championship with 15 points!

            The open men tackled the 2K loop 5 times.  Yep, 5 times!  Joe Gray of CNW won the race in an impressive 32:04.  Paul Limpf and Bennett Grimes, also representing the orange, finished in second and third in 32:13 and 32:18.  Impressively, Uli came in fourth, less than 2 hours after winning the masters’ race.  Phil Olson finished in 32:53 and rounded out the top 5.  Club NW also won with an impressive 18 points.

            In other news, Gabi Kliot was accepted to the official Maccabi USA team (http://maccabiusa.com/) for the 19th Maccabiah to run on the men open team in Half Marathon.The Maccabiah Games represents Jewish athletes from around the world.  Gabi has been running with Club Northwest for the past four years.  We wish him the best of luck with this great honor!



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