It was a mixed bag of results for teams from Washington State, Eastern Washington, and Central Washington, as they were in action on Friday.
In Sacramento, Washington State's Ruby Roberts (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished 17th at the NCAA inter-Regional Jamboree, as she ran 17:20 over the 5k Haggin Oaks Golf Complex to lead the Cougars to a tenth place team finish.
Following Roberts were CharLee Linton 43rd (17:44), Courtney Zalud 57th (17:56), Kiah Condos 80th (18:18), Abby Knight 85th (18:22), Abby Regan 96th (18:33), and Emily Dwyer 115th (18:53). California’s Kelsey Santisteban won the race in a time of 16:23.
The Cougars finished with 263 points behind UCLA (77), Cal Poly (78), UC Davis (88), Sacramento State (102), California (145), Oregon State (145), UC Santa Barbara (198), UC Riverside (228), and Nevada (254). A total of 19 schools competed in the 5000m race.
In South Bend, Indiana, it was a tough go for both the Cougar men's squad and both Eastern Washington teams at the Notre Dame Invitational.
In the Blue race, the Cougs' Andrew Gonzales placed 39th in 25:09 followed by John Whelan 80th (25:38)), Todd Wakefield 98th (25:47), Forrest Shaffer 103rd (25:50), and Conner Johnsen 183rd, (27:02). Lee George and Jackson Haselnus did not finish the race. WSU finished 20th with 485 points, as Columbia took the team title with 113.
UTEP’s Anthony Rotich won the race in 24:19.
Eastern Washington finished 27th in the Blue section with 705 points. Sophomore Vince Hamilton was the top finisher for EWU, placing 116th with a time of 25:58. Freshman Alex Kimsey was 120th in 26:02. Following for the Eagles was Chris Schroll (139th, 26:15), Steven Kutsch (189th, 27:11), Isaac Kitzan (190th, 27:12) and Stephen Bottoms (192th, 27:13).
In the women's Gold section, the Eagles tied with Eastern Illinois for a 12th-place finish out of 26 teams in the gold section, scoring 320 points. They were led for the second straight meet by Montana State transfer Sarah Reiter, who covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:37 to place 41st overall. Team captain Berenice Penaloza followed closely, finishing 46th in a time of 18:43. Sophomore Katie Mahoney ran 18:50 to place 59th.
Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles was Catie Arrigoni (84th, 19:11) and Paula Gil-Echevarria (95th, 19:18). Mayra Chavez dropped from the competition due to an ankle injury.
Southern Illinois (52) and Grand Valley State (63) were the top two teams in the women’s gold section. Courtney Frerichs of UM-Kansas City (17:19) took the win. In the prestigious Blue race, Juliet Bottorff of Duke won in 16:44, as Florida State took the team title with 77 points.
In Missoula, Montana, junior Rudy Spencer led the Central Washington University men for the fourth time in as many meets, and sophomore Dani Eggleston edged teammate Connie Morgan for the top women's finish at the University of Montana Open cross country meet.
The CWU men and women both finished fourth of six teams in the meet. The Wildcats were the lone school from outside the state of Montana to compete in the meet, as Division I schools Montana and Montana State also participated, as did GNAC foe Montana State Billings and NAIA members Carroll and Rocky Mountain.
Montana State cruised to both team titles, scoring five of the top six individual finishes in the men's race while posting four top-five finishes on the women's side.
Spencer finished 19th overall in the eight-kilometer race with a time of 26:45 to lead the Wildcats, as Trevor Polson of Montana State won in 25:23.
Eggleston beat out Morgan by just one second in the women's race, placing 12th overall in a time of 22:47. Morgan crossed in 22:48, one place behind. Heather Demorest of Montana State won in 21.10 over the 6k course.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Washington State, and Notre Dame contributed to this report.