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XC Women Win George Kyte Race, Men Take Second

Sep 6, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The No. 30 Arizona State women’s cross country team won the women’s 2.6 mile race with 38 points at Northern Arizona’s George Kyte Classic on Saturday at Buffalo Park. The men’s team placed second with 49 points in the 4.5 mile run.

Sophomore Jenna Maack led the Sun Devil women with a third-place finish in 15:18.2. Fellow sophomore Kala Stone and freshman Kirsten Olling also finished in the top-10 in fifth and seventh, respectively. Stone finished the race in 15:29.7, and Olling crossed at 15:41.3.

“The women obviously had a great run, they did a great job running as a pack,” head coach Louie Quintana said. “I’m really impressed by Jenna Maack’s performance, but all the women had just a tremendous day. This is the core of our group, and any time you can have a win is very exciting.”

Sophomores Anna Long and Miranda Kewley finished in 11th and 12th, respectively, with times of 15:56.4 and 16:09.5.

The Sun Devils finished ahead of Arizona, who came in second with 43 points, the host Lumberjacks in third at 47 points, and Grand Canyon in fourth with 87 points. Individually, Arizona’s Kristina Aubert won the race in 14:36.3.

On the men’s side, redshirt sophomore CJ Albertson led the Sun Devils with a second-place finish at 22:36.6. Redshirt freshman Cody Brazeal and junior Riley Wattier also notched a top-10 finishes, taking sixth at 23:09.7 and eighth at 23:30.4, respectively.

“For the men, it was a great performance as well,” Quintana said. “CJ Albertson had a really nice day. Being able to average a five-minute pace up there isn’t easy with the elevation, but it was a tremendous run. Cody Brazeal and Riley Wattier finished in the top-10 in their first races, which is also pretty phenomenal.”

Redshirt junior Jeff Bickert took 12th at 23:39.1, and redshirt sophomore Noah Kenyawani rounded out the ASU scorers in 21st at 24:49.1.

Northern Arizona’s Matt McElroy won the race in 22:20.8, and as a team the Lumberjacks recorded 34 points to win the title. ASU finished ahead of Arizona, who finished in third with 52 points.

“We have some work to do, but I’m very excited overall,” Quintana added. “This is a very nice group. We held out probably our top-three on the men’s side, so things are looking very good. I’m excited to see what is in store over the next few weeks.”

Up next, the Sun Devils will travel down to Tucson for the Dave Murray Invitational on Friday, Sept. 19.