LAWRENCE, Kan. Sub-freezing temperatures didnt keep the NAIA mens cross country championships from heating up the course at Rim Rock Farm on Saturday.
Eastern Oregon Universitys mens team was led by Isaac Updike who crossed the finish line in 25 minutes, 4.91 seconds a minute off the lead and good for 24th overall.
Updike started the first mile of the race running at about 50th place before pushing into the top 30 for the second half of the 8,000-meter course. Updike earned All-American honors for EOU with his placing.
The Mounties finished 11th as a team and temperatures reached 27 degrees by race time.
Kody Shriver finished 46th for EOU in a time of 25:24.97. Hans Roelle finished 55th overall with a time of 25:31.33 and Nic Maszk was 116th overall with a time of 26:05.41.
Alex Martinez and Lucas Updike finished two seconds apart with Martinez clocking in at 26:32.77 and Updike with a time of 26.34.45. Rounding out the runners for Eastern Oregon was Kody Coxen with a time of 26:57.33 and a 222nd place finish.
Eric Avila of Southern Oregon won the national individual title and Oklahoma City won the team title.
EASTERN?OREGON?112, WALLA?WALLA?U. 44 At La Grande, the Mountaineers (6-2) scored the first 20 points of Saturdays nonconference rout and never allowed Walla Walla to make a contest of it.
Walla Walla didn't score until seven minutes had ticked off the first half, and finished the stanza with a two-minute dry spell. Eastern led 54-18 at halftime.
The Eastern defense didnt let up in the second half, and Brittney Newcomb led the way on offense with 29 points on a nearly-perfect 7-of-8 night from outside. She was 11 for 16 overall.
Every EOU player scored to lift the Mounties to their highest total of the season.
Hermiston High grads Jeni Hoffert and Maloree Moss chipped in five and four points, respectively. Hoffert added six assists and two steals while Moss also had three assists and two rebounds.
The two teams meet again on Friday in the first game of the Caldwell Best Western Inn and Suites Lady Classic.