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Cougs Excel at Bill Dellinger Invitational

Sep 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams each posted a top-10 finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational Thursday, Sept. 23, as the Cougar men claimed seventh place, while the Cougar women finished 10th overall.

Alaina Stone Boggs led the way for the WSU women's cross country team, as the freshman completed the 6,000m course in 20:32.6 to finish 20th overall. Stone Boggs posted an average mile time of 5:30.6 to collect her third-straight top-20 finish to open the 2021 season.

As a team, Washington State placed 10th out of 17 teams at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Cougars collected 279 points as a team.

Next to finish for WSU was freshman Neema Kimtai, who finished in 38th place after completing the 6,000m course in 20:52.9. Kimtai posted an average mile time of 5:36.0. Rounding out the top-three for the Cougs was senior Pia Richards, who turned in a time of 21:15.7 to finish 68th out of 165 runners.

Following right behind Richards was sophomore Caroline Jerotich, who placed 70th with a time of 21:15.7. Finishing in 105th was junior Zorana Grujic, who completed the race in 21:52.4, while senior Erin Mullins went on to place 119th after clocking in at 22:06.9. Sophomore Samantha Boyle crossed the finish line 123rd with a time of 22:10.0 overall and freshman Maya Nichols finished her first collegiate cross country road race with a time of a time of 22:18.8 to place overall.

Utah took first place in the women's 6,000m race at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, as the Utes collected 38 points. Lauren Gregory of Arkansas was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line, as she posted a time of 20:06.9.

Leading the Cougar men in the 8,000m race at the Bill Dellinger Invitational was freshman Brian Barsaiya, who posted a time of 23:31.5, placing him eighth overall out of 149 runners. It was Barsaiya's second top-10 finish of the season, as the freshman also won the WSU Open.

As a team, Washington State finished seventh out of 14 teams at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Cougars ended the race with a total of 182 points.

Junior Amir Ado was the next Coug to cross the finish line, as he placed 12th overall after clocking in at 23:34.8. Ado looked to be back to his old self with an average mile time of 4:44.6. Following Ado was senior Zachary Stallings, who finished with a time of 24:13.9 to take 48th overall.

The next three Cougs to cross the finish line went back-to-back-to-back. Senior Matthew Watkins placed 59th with a time of 24:19.2, then freshman Leif Swanson followed to take 60th with a time of 24:19.8. Finishing behind them was Kelvin Limo, who placed 61st after clocking in at 24:22.2.

Freshman Kennan Schrag finished in 86th after finishing the course in 24:43.0. Felix Wammetsberger recorded a time of 24:57.0 to place 101st, while sophomore Sam Griffith was the next Cougar to cross the finish line, posting a time of 25:04.3 to finish 103rd overall.

Freshman Evan Gonzalez finished in 138th with a time of 25:59.8 and sophomore Landon Boomsma placed 139th clocking in at 26:02.9.

Host Oregon won the Bill Dellinger Invitational, as the Ducks collected 57 points as a team. UO's Cooper Teare captured first place after finishing the 8,000m race in 23:05.1. 



Washington State will go on the road for the Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. The race is set for Friday, October 15, at the Zimmer Championship Course.