WSU Cross Country Sweeps Montana Invite

Sept. 30, 2006

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Washington State University men's and women's cross country teams were both victorious at the Montana Invitational held Saturday at the University of Montana golf course.

Both squads easily won to overcome a field of eight teams on the men's side and six teams on the women's side.

For the women, WSU junior Haley Paul won her first race of the season, covering the 6,000 meter course in 21-minutes, 32 seconds. Also placing in the top ten were Isley Gonzalez, third, Chelsea VanDeBrake, eighth and Collier Lawrence, 10th. Kelly Ramirez finished 14th and rounded out the Cougar scorers.

'Haley continued to look good and impressive and easily won over a Montana runner,' Head Coach Jason Drake said. 'Isley Gonzalez had a great day and had a breakthrough for her with her third place finish.'

The Washington State men were led by team captain Alex Grant, who placed first with a time of 25:05 on the 8,000 meter course.

Woody Favinger ran a solid first race of the season, finishing in third place. Freshman Dan Geib had another strong performance finishing fifth. Juniors Chris Williams and Andrew Jones rounded out the Cougar top five and also placed in the top ten overall.

'Both Alex Grant and Woody Favinger, coming into their first races of the season, was a very nice job from them,' Drake said. 'I was pleased with their performance. Dan Geib stepped up nice and Chris Williams and Andrew Jones ran solid. Williams and Jones looked much better than a year ago so I was excited about that.'

The Cougars will have a week off in preparation for the Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind., and the EWU Invitational in Cheney, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 14.

Montana Invitational (University Golf Course, Missoula, Mont. 8,000m) September 30, 2006.

Men's Team Results:Washington State 18, Montana State 65, Montana 80, Idaho State 97, Great Falls 118, Eastern Washington 125, Big Sky Distance Project 167, Blackfeet Cross Country 198, MSU-Billings 222.

Top Five Individuals:1. Alex Grant (WSU) 25:05, 2. Matt Tyrrell (Unattached) 25:09, 3. Woody Favinger (WSU) 25:12, 4. Paul Limpf (Eastern Washington) 25:16, 5. Dan Beib (WSU) 25:37.

WSU Results:1. Alex Grant 25:05, 3. Woody Favinger 25:12, 5. Dan Geib 25:37, 6. Chris Williams 25:45, 7. Andrew Jones 25:47, 9. Luke Lemenager 25:53 (Unattached), 11. Sam Ahlbeck 25:59 (Unattached), 16. Chris Concha 26:09, 20. Dominic Smargiassi 26:25, 30. Evan Blanshan 27:00, 28.

Montana Invitational (University Golf Course, Missoula, Mont. 6,000m) September 30, 2006.

Women's Team Results:Washington State 36, Montana 52, Montana State 79, Idaho State 91, Eastern Washington 105, MSU-Billings 187, Great Falls 194.

Top Five Individuals:1. Haley Paul (WSU) 21:32, 2. Allie Brosh (Montana) 21:52, 3. Isley Gonzalez (WSU) 22:08, 4. Kara DeWalt (Montana) 22:18, 5. Ashley Hadway (Montana State) 22:22.

WSU Results:1. Haley Paul 21:32, 3. Isley Gonzalez 22:08, 8. Chelsea VanDeBrake 22:31, 10. Collier Lawrence 22:40, 14. Kelly Ramirez 22:50, 17. Meghan Leonard 23:12, 18. Sara Trané 23:16, 23. Kayle Peterson 23:40, 24. Lisa Egami 23:50, 25. Stephanie Sipes 24:08 (Unattached), 30. Rebecca Williams 24:22 (Unattached), 34. Karen DeMartini 24:32, 41. Alyssa Morell 25:15, 44. Piper Marshall 25:51.

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