Young Talents Lead Cougars at Montana Invite

Oct. 2, 2004

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Washington State women's cross country team finished fourth at the Runner's Edge Montana Invitational held Saturday at the University of Montana golf course.

Freshman Collier Lawrence led the Cougar women finishing seventh in a time of 22:50. Also scoring for WSU were seniors Molly Bull (14th) and Julia Corbett (30th), along with freshmen Eileen Morley (33rd) and Michelle DeCourcey (37th). Competing unattached, sophomore Kayle Peterson ran to a second place finish and freshman Meghan Leonard placed 17th.

Weber State took the women's race placing five runners in the top 10. Ashley Hadway of Montana State was the top finisher with a time of 22.12.

The Washington State men were led by sophomore Andrew Jones placing ninth in a time of 25.22. Redshirt Freshman Geoff Casazza and redshirt junior Jonathan Manthey also scored for the Cougars finishing 23rd and 39th respectively. Running unattached, junior Leif Kohler finished 17th and senior Justin Ireland finished 20th. WSU did not send a full team on the men's side and was not counted in the team standings.

Montana State won the men's competition with Jonathan Gibson (24:37) leading the team with a first place finish.

After a week off, the Cougars will send separate squads to the Pre-Nationals meet in Terra Haute, Ind., and the EWU Invitational in Cheney, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 16.

Runner's Edge Montana Invitational (University Golf Course, Missoula, Mont. 8,000m) October 2, 2004.

Men's Team Results: Montana 23, EWU 32; Montana State 22, Weber State 33; Weber State 21, Montana 34; Montana State 18, Montana 37.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Jonathan Gibson (Montana State) 24:37, 2. Brandon Fuller (EWU) 24:46, 3. Keven Clary (Montana State) 24:51, 4. Nate Long (Weber State) 24:59, 5. Joshua Ricardi (Montana State) 25:01.

WSU Results: 9. Andrew Jones 25.22; 17. Leif Kohler (unattached) 25.47; 20. Justin Ireland (unattached) 25.58; 23. Geoff Casazza 26:16; 39. Jonathan Manthey 28.11.

Runner's Edge Montana Invitational (University Golf Course, Missoula, Mont. 6,000m) October 2, 2004.

Women's Team Results: Montana 20, WSU 35; Weber State 17, WSU 38; Montana State 23, WSU 32.

Top Five Individuals: 1. Asheley Hadway (Montana State) 22:12; 2. Kayle Peterson (Unattached) 22:17; 3. Sariah St. Laurent (Weber State) 22:18; 4. Allie Brosh (Montana) 22.29; 5. Lindsey Anderson (Weber State) 22:33.

WSU Results: 2. Kayle Peterson (unattached) 22.17; 7. Collier Lawrence 22:50; 14. Molly Bull 23:21; 17. Meghan Leonard 23.30; 30. Julia Corbett 24.23; 33. Eileen Morley 24:39; 37. Michelle DeCourcey 27.01.

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