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WSU gears up for Pac-12 Championships

Oct 25, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams gear up for the 2021 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships. The race is set for this Friday, October 29th, at the Regional Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Utah.

The Course / Race Starting Times
The 2021 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships will take place this Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City. The men's 8,000m race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PT and the women's 6,000m race beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

Pac-12 Championship WSU Lineup
WSU Men-
Amir Ado, Brian Barsaiya, Sam Griffith, Pascal Kleyer, Kelvin Limo, Kennan Schrag, Zach Stallings, Leif Swanson, Felix Wammetsberger, Matthew Watkins.

WSU Women- Samantha Boyle, Jelena Grujic, Zorana Grujic, Caroline Jerotich, Neema Kimtai, Erin Mullins, Pia Richards and Alaina Stone Boggs.

Pac-12 Championship Field
In the men's race all nine Pac-12 teams including No. 3 Colorado, No.4 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon and No.26 Washington will compete for the conference title. In the women's race, all 12 Pac-12 school will run including, No.4 Colorado, No.8 Utah, No.18 Utah, and No.23 Stanford. 

Live Results
Fans can follow all the action at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships by via for live results or watch the races on the Pac-12 website.

Quotes From Coach Phipps
"We are always excited for the Pac-12 Championships, the best conference cross country meet in the entire nation. I really feel that we are prepared and ready to go. We had some ups and downs so far, this regular season, but we are very prepared, very excited to compete this Friday."

"In order to win the pac-12 individual title, you are typically looking at being one of top runners in the entire nation. But we do have a couple on both sides that have demonstrated, whether it be in previous cross country seasons or based on current level of fitness that can compete with the very, very best in the Pac-12."

Last Time Out
The WSU men's and women's cross country ran split squads its last time out, WSU had runners competing at the Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Oct. 15 and at the Inland Empire Championship in Lewiston, Idaho on Oct. 16.

 In the Nuttycombe Invitational senior Felix Wammetsberger led the way for Cougs placing 97th out of 227 runners. The senior from Germany completed the 8,000m course in a season-best 24:28.8, shaving nearly 30 seconds off his previous season-best time.

In the women's 6000m race at the Nuttycombe sophomore Neema Kimtai was the top performer for the WSU women, as she clocked in a time of 21:10.4. The Kenyan native placed 80th out of 267 runners in the women's 6,000m race.

At the Inland Empire Championship, the WSU men's and women's team both turned in multiple top-20 performances. Sophomore Sam Griffith led the WSU men's team with a 17th-place finish at the Inland Empire Championship. It is the second time this season he has placed in the top-20. Washington State recorded 200 points as team to finish seventh out of 16 teams.

 In the women's 5,000m race, the Cougars were led by sophomore Jelena Grujic, who turned in her first top-20 performance of the season. The Serbian native posted a time of 18:09 to finish 16th out of 121 collegiate runners.

For more information on the Washington State cross country program, follow @WSUCougarXCTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.