(left/photo by Paul Merca) and Caroline Austin grabbed the individual titles and the number 26-ranked Cougar men's cross country team won at the Clash of the Inland Northwest meet at Mead High School Saturday morning in the debut of Tim Riley as the new head cross country coach of the Cougars.
Kimpel, competing unattached, took the 6k title in a time of 18:25, with teammate Drew Jordan, also competing unattached, finishing second in 18:27.
Todd Wakefield was the first scoring Cougar across the line in 18:30, followed by Lee George in 18:31.
For Gonzaga, the Bulldogs were led by Tate Kelly in eighth place in 18:40, with Chris Boyle (18:49), Robert Walgren (18:56), Willie Milam (18:58), and Brent Felnagle (18:59) following in succession.
Eastern Washington was led by David Thor in 22nd place in 19:24, while Christopher MacMurray led Whitworth in 35th place at 20:02.
With Kimpel and Jordan running unattached, the Cougs took the team title over Gonzaga 28 to 30. Idaho was third with 87 points, followed by Whitworth at 100, and Eastern Washington at 131.
"The guys ran hard but did not run all-out today. They ran controlled so finishing one through seven with our unattached guys in there was good to see," Cougar coach Tim Riley said. "Andrew Kimpel and Drew looked great."
In the women's 4k race, Austin took a two-second victory over the Zags' Lindsey Drake 14:10 to 14:12.
After Drake, the Bulldogs squeezed three runners--Ameila Evans (14:16), Emily Thomas (14:17) and Maggie Jones (14:21) before the Cougs' Ruby Roberts (14:47) and Courtney Zalud (15:06).
Meghan Blanchet (15:08) rounded out Gonzaga's scorers in eighth in 15:08, while the Cougars' Emily Dwyer was tenth at 15:12.
Berenice Penaloza was Eastern Washington's top runner in 19th at 15:34. and Kellyn Roiko was Whitworth's leading runner in 27th at 15:52.
The Zags took the women's team crown with a comfortable 22-42 margin over Wazzu. Idaho was third at 69 points, followed by Whitworth at 114, and Eastern Washington at 124.
"Great team start," Lindsey Drake said of the Zag women. "This is definitely the best team finish I've ever been a part of or seen for Gonzaga. I'm really excited about us and I know this will be a great year."
The WSU women and both Gonzaga squads next race on September 15th at the WCC Preview meet in Portland.
Complete results from the Clash of the Inland Northwest are available here.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, the Seattle Pacific women took the team title in the Alaska Fairbanks Short-Course 4K meet, beating Black Hills State of South Dakota 21-46, with host Alaska Fairbanks third at 61 points.
Erin Curran of Black Hills took the win in 15:12. As she did in Thursday's long-course race, Robyn Zeidler led the Falcons in second in 15:19.
Katie Thralls was third in 15:30, followed by Katie Morris in fourth at 13:33. Jasmine Johnson was fifth in 16:10, and Lynelle Decker closed out the SPU scorers in seventh at 16:27.
In the men's race, Black Hills narrowly took the team honors over the Falcons 36-41, with Alaska Fairbanks third at 52.
Mitch Kraft of Black Hills won in 12:45. AJ Baker in second (12:51), Tavish Taylor in fourth (13:01); Jordan Wolfe in seventh (13:08), Seth Pierson in ninth (13:12), and Colin Wilkins in 22nd (14:23) were the five scoring team members for SPU.
Seattle Pacific's release is available here.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Washington State University, Gonzaga University and Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.
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