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SK grad report
As many as 10 former South Kitsap High School cross-country runners returned to the area on Saturday to take part in the 2005 University of Washington Sundodger Invitational held at Lincoln Park in Seattle.
Drew Polly, a 2004 SK grad, had the best day of the bunch, as he placed 15th in the mens 8-kilometer invitational run, helping Washington State University to a fourth-place team finish.
Pollys time was just 26 second behind the races winner and was the Cougars second best time of the day.
In the womens 6K invitational, Kayle Peterson of WSU placed 42nd in a time of 22:41 while Samantha Godfrey, running for Oregon State, came in 67th place with a time of 23:19.
Eileen Morley, who also runs for WSU, recorded a time of 24:44, good enough for 109th.
In the mens 8K open division, one that saw runners from smaller schools compete, the Wolves were very well represented, led by Steven Millard of Willamette College, who placed 58th with a time of 26:11.
He was followed by former SK teammate Josh Cobb of Clackamas Community College, 79th place at 26:24, and four 2005 SK grads: Alex Jones, Western Washington, 90th place at 26:39; Justin Schenck, Clackamas CC, 115th at 27:00; Joe Danials-Hall, Willamette, 136th at 27:16; and, Sean Coleman, Clark College, 166th at 27:44 out of 311 runners.
Those are just some of the Port Orchard-area graduates currently enjoying success playing sports at the collegiate level. Here is a look at some others.
Heidi Grey, soccer, University of Evansville: Having scored four goals in the seasons first eight games, Grey has helped the Purple Aces get off to their best start in school history. Through Sundays action, Evansville had raced out to a 6-2 mark which ties the best starting record in the universitys history.
The Purple Aces won just three games in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Grey, a sophomore who graduated from Kings West High School but hails from Port Orchard, has scored four times this year while adding an assist.
She scored the game-winning goal as the Aces beat Southeast Missouri State 1-0 last Friday.
Randee Robinson, soccer, University of Nevada-Reno: Robinson, a freshman, has started all five games for the 2-2-1 Wolfpack so far this season. The midfielder/defender has scored one goal so far which turned out to be the game winner in Renos 3-0 win over Sacramento State earlier this month.
Nicole Bussman, soccer, Southeast Missouri State: Bussman, a freshman, has scored two goals and added an assist in the six games she was played for the Redhawks who are off to a 4-2-0 start.
Sarah Groves, soccer, University of Evansville: Groves, a junior defender for the Purple Aces, has seen action in all eight of Evansvilles games this year but has yet to attempt a shot.
Lauren Gehring, soccer, University of Puget Sound: Gehring, a 2004 SK grad, has appeared in just one of UPSs four games to start the season. As a defender, Gehring has not yet taken a shot for 3-1 Loggers.
Ryan Cole, football, Eastern Washington University: Cole, a 2002 SK grad who transferred to EWU from Oregon State this year, has made an immediate impact in the Eagles first two games. As the starting tailback on a team that made the Division II playoffs last year, Cole has rushed for 151 yards on 36 carries so far this year and has scored twice on the ground and once through the air, where he has caught six passes for 62 yards.
Cole is averaging 102 all-purpose yards a game so far this year as EWU is off to a 1-1 start.
Chris Anderson, football, Eastern Washington University: A 2004 grad, Anderson walked on to the Eagles football team this year and has seen some time at fullback. Although he has yet to carry the ball, he did play in Easterns season-opening game against San Jose State.
Jon Shepherd, football, Central Washington University: Shepherd, a 2004 SK grad, is listed as a running back on the roster for the Wildcats this year but has yet to appear in a game.
Buddy Anderson, football, Central Washington University: Anderson graduated from South in 2002 and has seen limited action so far this year for the Wildcats. The offensive guard started Centrals first game of the year against the University of North Dakota but has not seen the field since.
Anthony Galloway, football, College of the Redwoods: Galloway, the workhorse for Souths team last year, he has played in just one game so far for the 0-2 Corsairs, carrying one time for four yards.