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WSU Back at Home for Cougar Classic

Sep 9, 2021

Friday, Sept. 10  |  Colfax, Wash.  |  Colfax Golf Club

Women's Race (6k)  |  5:00 p.m. (PT)
Men's Race (8k)  |  5:45 p.m. (PT)
The WSU Cougar women were led tonight by freshman Neema Kimtai who finished first overall with a time of 13.35.5 in this 4k race. Kimtai posted an average mile time of 5:28.1 to lead the pack throughout the race as well. Neema's overall time of 13:35.5 broke both the overall course record and the freshman course record for the women. 

Sophomore Caroline Jerotich returns to WSU this fall and she made an immediate impact with a second place finish of 13:35.8 just behind Kimtai. Jerotich saw an average mile time of 5:28.2 as she was just beaten out by her Cougar teammate. Recording a solid overall third place finish was freshman Alaina Stone Boggs who finished with a time of 13:43.4, and an average mile time of 5:31.3.

Leading the Cougar men during the 6k race was freshman Brian Barsaiya who posted a time of 17:31.7, and took home a first place finish to begin the season. Barsaiya posted an average mile time of 4:42.1 to anchor WSU in this opening race. Brian's time of 17:31.7 also broke both the overall course record and the freshman course record for the men. 

A familiar face crossed the finish like next for the Cougs, as junior Amir Ado earned second place overall with a time of 17:43.0. Ado saw an average mile time on the day of 4:45.1 as well. Senior Zach Stallings found success at the WSU home course, finishing third overall, recording a time of 17:51.5, and an average mile time of 4:47.4. Fellow senior Matthew Watkins went on to finish fourth with a time of 17:55.1 as well. 

Discussing running in the fall once again: "It was awesome!" Phipps said. "We had somewhat of a cross country season last year but we were doing that inside the indoor practice facility, so to be out here, our home course, with the excitement, the support that we had, it was really special and super exciting to be back."

The Bill Dellinger Event is held at Springfield, Ore. at the Pine Ridge Golf Club, formally called the Springfield Golf Club, and will be hosted by the University of Oregon. There will be 17 different schools participating in this years event. The last time WSU ran in this event was in 2019 where the men's team finished 12th overall and the Women's team finished 14th overall. Amir Ado had the highest WSU finish placing 12th in the Men's race.  

The Washington State women begin the fall season ranked fifth overall in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Preseason Poll. The men's squad will start the year ranked seventh overall in the West Region also.

Both the women's and the men's teams are receiving votes in the USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll as the WSU women earned four votes, and the men with one total. 


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