PORTLAND — Holly Cavalluzzo and Kristiane Width went 1-2 in the individual races and the Oregon State women's cross-country team opened the 2015 season with victories over Portland and Portland State on Tuesday at the Westmoreland Quintet.
Cavalluzzo finished the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) Westmoreland Park course in 17 minutes, 45 seconds for her first career dual-meet win. Width was second in 18:01 and Kira Kelly took fourth in 18:14. It was the first race in two seasons for Width and Kelly, both of whom redshirted in 2014.
“I’m happy for Holly to win, she had taken second a couple times in the past,” OSU coach Kelly Sullivan said of Cavalluzzo, a junior from Montgomery, N.Y. “Holly and Kristiane took control right from the start,” and stayed in from the rest of the way. “Kira methodically moved up throughout the race.”
Morgan Anderson placed seventh in 18:35 and Maureen Tremblay, who redshirted the past two seasons, was ninth in 18:48 to complete OSU’s team scoring. Dakota Steen placed 30th in 21:42 in her first varsity race to complete OSU’s lineup; Samantha Lewis was a late scratch because of illness.
“Neither Kristiane, Kira or Maureen raced last year so to have the three of them back running again was fun to see,” Sullivan said. “I was extremely glad to see Maureen run well after missing two seasons with injuries. Today was a big comeback for her and she can be a real asset.”
Freshmen Kaely Gordon and Rachel Johnson ran unattached. Gordon took eighth overall in 18:39and may have earned a spot in the starting lineup; Johnson was 17th in 19:57.
“She did well enough that we can put her in uniform” for coming events instead of redshirting, Sullivan said of Gordon, from powerhouse Summit High School in Bend.
The team scores were OSU 20, Portland 38 and OSU 15, Portland State 40.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Sundodger Invitational. Hosted by the University of Washington, the meet starts at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park in Seattle.