By Christopher Wood
The 10th annual BCC Cross Country invitational happened last Saturday, with the men’s team doing not as well as the woman’s team.
The women finished placed better in their respective race, but did not receive a score because they lacked a fifth runner
“They are quite fast,” said Jack Linderoth, BCC men’s runner. “Astronomically fast.”
The fastest times for BCC were 20:11 and 27:01; they were ran by Daria Lipka and Clayton Barnes respectively
Overall the men took eighth as a team.
This is the 10th invite BCC has held. The invite was originally held in the first invites at Luther Burbank park, but was moved to Lake Sammamish due to financial reasons said Stella Oreicha, former men’s and women’s coach
“This race forms and makes men,” said Linderoth.
The course was changed from its previous layout to a new layout this year. This new design removed the repeating loops from the course into a single continuous course.
“It’s great,” said Mike Clark, BCC men’s runner. “It got super slick going out past the bridge.”
The course was run over a variety of terrain consisting of sand, grass, mud and, paved roads.
The weather was pleasant, but rain had fallen the previous night making the course wet.
“There were a couple of slippery spots,” said Shaun Maurer, BCC men’s runner. “I almost slipped a couple times.”
The course was flat, allowing for faster than usual times than what the competitors are used to running.
“There weren’t any hills,” said Clark, “a good fast course.”
The most succesful team of the day was Club Northwest’s (Club NW) men’s and women’s teams
“It was a little muddy”said Megan Johnson, Club NW women’s runner, “it slowed the race down a bit.”
BCC Cross Country Goes to the northern Region championship in Bellingham this saturday.