Achieving its main goal of learning the course where the regionals will be held, Western Washington University placed ninth in the women's division and 11th in the men's division at the Runners Soul Erik Anderson Cross Country Invitational held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex.
Katelyn Steen paced the WWU women in the 17-team field, placing 19th individually over the six-kilometer course with a time of 22 minutes, 37.29 seconds.
Leading the Vikings was redshirt freshman Matt Lutz, who finished 76th with a time of 27:33.96. Both Lutz and Steen have paced WWU in each of the last two meets.
WWU competes in the Saint Martin's Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.