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Cougs Ready for West Regionals

Nov 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams are headed to the capital of California this Friday, Nov. 12, to compete at the 2021 NCAA West Regionals, hosted by Sacramento State.

The Course / Race Starting Times
The 2021 NCAA West Regional will take place this Friday at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The women's 6,000m race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. PT and the men's 10,000m race beginning at 11 a.m. PT.

West Regionals WSU Lineup
WSU Men- Amir Ado, Sam Griffith, Kelvin LimoKennan SchragZach StallingsLeif SwansonFelix WammetsbergerMatthew Watkins.

WSU Women- Samantha BoylePietra Da Silva, Zorana GrujicCaroline JerotichNeema Kimtai, Pia Richards and Alaina Stone Boggs.

West Regionals Field
WSU Men- In the men's race, 31 teams including seven Pac-12 teams will compete at the West Regional. Washington State currently sits in eighth place in the USTFCCCA West Region rankings. A total of five nationally-ranked teams including, No. 5 Stanford, No.13 Washington, No.15 Gonzaga, No.16 Oregon and No. 20 Boise State are entered in the race.    

WSU Women- In the women's race, 36 teams including nine Pac-12 schools will be competing at the West Regional. Washington State is currently ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA West Region rankings. A total of four nationally-ranked teams including, No. 20 Oregon, No. 21 Washington, No. 26 Stanford and No. 29 Gonzaga are entered in the race.

Live Results
Fans can follow all the action at the NCAA West Regionals by via 
https://www.rtspt.com for live results

Last Time at the NCAA West Regionals
WSU Men- Last time the WSU men's cross country team ran at the NCAA West Regional was in 2019. WSU finished seventh overall out of 28 teams. Then sophomore Amir Ado turned in an all-region performance finishing 24th overall with a time of 30:23.9. Now a junior, Ado and senior Matthew Watkins will be making their third appearance at the NCAA West Regionals and senior Zach Stallings will be making his second appearance.  

WSU Women- Last time the WSU women's cross country team ran at the NCAA West Regional was in 2019. WSU finished ninth overall out of 35 teams. Then sophomore Zorana Grujic lead the way for the Cougs with a 39th place finish and a time of 20:50.5 overall. Now a junior, Grujic will be making her second appearance this Friday.

Last Time Out
The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams turned in multiple top-20 performances at the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City on Friday, October 29, as the Cougar men finished fifth as a team, while the WSU women placed seventh overall.

Leading the way for Washington State men's team on the 8,000m course was junior Amir Ado. The Spokane, Washington native recorded a time of 24:30.6, earning him 18th overall. It is Ado's second top-20 finish of the season, as the junior also placed 12th at the Bill Dellinger back in September. By coming in 18th, Ado posted his best finish at a Pac-12 Cross Country Championship race, he finishes 10 places higher than his previous-best finish of 28th set at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships as a freshman.

Sophomore Neema Kimtai posted a top-20 finish to lead the way for Washington State at the Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Championships. The sophomore completed the 6,000m course in 21:23.1 to finish 19th overall. Kimtai had her highest finish at the Pac-12 Championship in her WSU career, as she improved one-spot ahead of her finish at the 2020 Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Championships. Kimtai's performance at the Pac-12 Championships marks her second top-20 finish of the season.

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