SEATTLE — The Oregon State cross-country team upset host Seattle University and won the Emerald City Open on Saturday at Lower Woodland Park.
The Beavers placed all five runners in the top 10 among Division I finishers and outscored Seattle, 25-30. Seattle had edged the Beavers, 27-29, at the Portland State Vikings Classic on Oct. 4.
“We ran really, really well today,” OSU coach Kelly Sullivan said. “Seattle beat us two weeks ago, so any time you can come back two weeks later and beat them makes for a very good day.”
Sophomore Holly Cavalluzzo led the Beavers for the second meet in a row by placing second among Division I runners in 22:19. Senior Kelsi Schaer competed for the first time this fall and placed third at 22:28.
“It was probably the best cross-country race Kelsi has ran since she’s been in college,” Sullivan said. “It was very exciting to see.”
OSU’s other scoring finishers were Sam McKinnon (5th, 22:41), Adrienne Demaree (6th, 23:13) and Aly Nielson (9th, 23:51). OSU’s other finishers were Kala Kopecek (11th, 24:30) and Monica Anderson (13th, 24:36).
“The course was very challenging, hilly and it was raining so it ran slow,” Sullivan said. “We ran in spikes for the first time this year because the course was sloppy and wet. I love the way we competed.”
The Beavers return to action at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Beaver Classic at Avery Park. It is the final tuneup for the Pacific-12 Conference championships, set for Oct. 31 at Oakland.