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Cougs Run Well in the Rain

Sep 10, 2021
Neema Kimtai crossing the finish line

COLFAX, Wash. – The Washington State women's and men's cross country squads competed in their second race on their home course, the Colfax Golf Club, by running in the Cougar Classic on Friday.  

The WSU Cougar women were led tonight by freshman Neema Kimtai who finished second overall. Kimtai was the highest finishing Coug, men or women, with a time of 20:57.4 in the women's 6k. She also led the women's team with an average mile of 5:37.2.  

Following right behind Kimtia was Sophomore Caroline Jerotich. Jerotich placed third with a time of 20:59.5 and an average mile of 5:37.8. Placing fifth was Freshman Alaina Stone Boggs who finished with a time of 21:12.6, with an average mile of 5:41.3,  being the third Coug in the top five. 

Senior Pia Richards turned in an eight overall finish with a time of 21:17.4, being the fourth Coug in the top ten. Sophomore Samantha Boyle crossed the finish line 15th with a time of 21:50.3 overall. The next Coug to finish was  Zorana Grujic who placed 22nd, posting a time of 22:15.2. Right behind Grujic was Freshman Maya Nichols in 23rd with a time of 22:15.9. 

Rounding out the WSU women's team was Senior Erin Mullins who went on to finish 25th on the day with a time of 22:23.6. Jelena Grujic finished 26th with a time of 22:29.1 and then Madison Lee in with 50th a time of 24:01.2. 

Placing first overall as a team was Gonzaga(31), followed by WSU(33), then Idaho(64), Eastern Washington(110), and Spokane CC(158).
Leading the Cougar men during the 8k race was freshman Leif Swanson, who posted a time of 4:53.9 placing him 10th overall. Swanson recorded an average mile time of 4:56.6.

Next to finish for the Cougs, was Sophomore Sam Griffith with a time of 24:42.1 securing the 14th spot. Griffith had an average mile time of 4:58.1. Freshman Evan Gonzalez showed his worth placing 24th with a time of 25:10.0 with an average mile time of 5:03.7. 

Rounding out the rest of the Cougs was Freshman Isaiah Lowery recording a time of 26:05.1 placing him 40th. Sophomore Amrit Banga followed ending up in 47th with a time of 26:21.8  in and Nate Pendleton capped off the Cougar squad at 50th overall with a time of 26:36.5 

Gonzaga(15) placed first overall as a team, Idaho(81) placed third, then WSU(101) and Eastern Washington(108). 
Discussing the women's and men's races: "I was really pleased on both sides," Phipps continued about the women's team. "Today we had some outstanding performances, some huge personal best, and was really pleased with the way the women preformed." About the men's team, "We were without quite a few of our guys, but the guys that competed today did a fantastic job. Leif Swanson, Sam Griffith and Evan Gonzalez ran extraordinarily well."  

Coach on any take away's from this meet to next weeks meet: " I think its just a matter of getting better each week. He continued to say, "We have a big training week and then we will get another one in and the tapper off right before the Dellinger meet."

Washington State will go on the road for the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore. at the Springfield Golf Club in Springfield, Ore. The event is set for Thursday, September 23.