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2009 NWAACC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Spokane and Everett set to clash November 14th

Vancouver, Wash - Clark College will play host to the 2009 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Cross Country Championships this Saturday, November 14th at 11 a.m. The championships will take place at Lewisville Park, located three miles north of Battle Ground, WA.

Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch will be looking for their fourth consecutive women's team title and ninth consecutive men's team title under new Head Coach Sean McLachlan. Challenging Spokane for the third consecutive year will be the Everett Trojans. The Trojans have finished second to for the past two years since they began competing in 2007.

Everett's Head Coach Matt Koenigs stated, "We're really looking forward to Saturday's races. With Spokane expected to repeat as both the men's and women's team champions our kids don't feel a lot of pressure from the underdog spot."

The women's race is at 11:00 a.m. followed by the men's race at noon.

Women's Championship
The women's race is expected to be a battle between Everett and Spokane. The Trojans beat Spokane at the NWAACC Preview meet in early September and again at the Charles Bowles Invitational in October. But Spokane has experience and the team has traditionally performed especially well at the NWAACC Championship meet.

The women's individual race will be exciting with Spokane's Megan Dart and Everett's Shawna Schooley looking to lead the way for their respective teams. Schooley bested Dart by nearly 40 seconds at the Charles Bowl Invitational in October.

Men's Championship
Spokane is the favorite for their ninth team title despite finishing second to Everett at the NWAACC Preview meet in early September. Clark, Everett and Lane will provide some stiff competition for the Sasquatch and Trojans.

Spokane's Rigoberto Jimenez will look to repeat his 2008 NWAACC Championship performance on Saturday but may have to fend off teammate Anthony Brown for the individual honors. Everett's Yon Yilma and Lane's Travis Stevens will also be in the mix for the top spot.


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