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Cougs Gear Up for a Split Weekend

Oct 13, 2021

Madison, Wisc. / Lewiston, Idaho – The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams are splitting squads this weekend. On Friday, October 15th, the Cougars will participate in the Nuttycombe Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, while another pack of Cougars heads south this Saturday, Oct. 16, to run in the Inland Empire Championship, hosted by Lewis and Clark State. 

The Course / Race Starting Times: The 2021 Nuttycombe Invitational will take place this Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin. The women's 6,000m race at 10:20 a.m. PT, while the men's 8,000m race starts at 11:30 a.m. PT. 

The Inland Empire Championship will be held this Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Lewiston Orchards Community Park in Lewiston, Idaho. The women's 6,000m race gets underway at 10:30 a.m. PT, while the men's 8,000m race starts at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Nuttycombe Invitational WSU Lineup: Men- Amir Ado, Brian Barsaiya, Kelvin Limo, Kennan Schrag, Zach Stallings, Leif Swanson, Felix Wammetsbereg, Matthew Watkins. Women- Samantha Boyle,  Zorana Grujic, Caroline Jerotich, Neema Kimtai, Erin Mullins, Pia Richards and Alaina Stone Boggs.

Inland Empire Championship WSU Lineup: Men- Amrit Banga, Landon Boomsma, Jacob Easton, Evan Gonzalez, Sam Griffith, Pascal Kleyer, Isaiah Lowery and Nate Pendleton. Women- Maya Nichols and Jelena Grujic. 

Nuttycombe Invitational Field: In the men's race 34 teams,18 nationally ranked will be participating. Of the 18 ranked teams five are ranked in the top ten including No. 3 Stanford and No. 9 Oregon. The women's race has 37 teams competing and of those teams 19 are nationally ranked, The top-three nationally ranked teams, NC State, BYU and New Mexico, are making the trip to Wisconsin as part of the field of 19. 

Inland Empire Championship Field- In both the men's and women's race 17 total teams from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCCA will be participating. Boise State, Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Idaho and WSU make up the NCAA teams.  

Live Results: Fans can follow all the action at the Nuttycombe Invitational via Live results for the Inland Empire Championship are not available. 

Last Time Out: The WSU men's and women's cross country teams last competed back on Sept. 23 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon. The Cougar men finished seventh, while the women finished 10th as a team.

Brian Barsaiya led the way for the WSU men's cross country team at the Dellinger, as he picked up his second top-10 finish of the year, by coming in eighth place. Freshman Alaina Stone Boggs continued her impressive start the for WSU women's cross country team, as she finished 20th overall to pick up her third-straight top-20 finish to begin her Coug career.

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