Cross country opens season against border rivals
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State men's and women's cross country open the season Thursday against the University of Idaho in the Washington State Invitational at Colfax Golf Club. The Cougars' 2022 season will officially start with the women's 4k race at 5:15 p.m., followed by the men's 6k race at 5:45 p.m.
WSU 2022 Women's Preview:
The women's squad is loaded with talent. Hailing from Kenya, Neema Kimtai ran an all-region performance as a sophomore. Kimtai turned a personal best time of 20:25.5 during the 2021 NCAA West Regionals finishing 18th out of 237 collegiate runners. The top-20 finish was the highest overall finish by a Coug at the NCAA West Regionals since Ruby Roberts placed 15th overall in 2013.
Another talented runner from Kenya poised to have another stellar year is Caroline Jerotich. Jerotich opened the season with a 13:35.8 4k time to earn second at the WSU open. She wrapped up conference races by earning a top thirty finish in the women's 6k at the Pac-12 Championships, running a blistering 21:41.5 time.
Our homegrown Washington talent is also represented well on the cougar squad as Alaina Stone Boggs set a lifetime-best 6k time with a 20:32.6 to finish 20th at the Dellinger Invitational. The sophomore parlayed that early season success into a top-40 finish at the NCAA West Region Championships to end the season.
WSU 2022 Men's Preview:
On the men's side, Brian Barsaiya burst onto the scene as a freshman and produced a team best time in the 6,000m (17:31.7) and 8,000m (23:31.5) distances. Barsaiya won the WSU Open at Colfax Golf Club to open last season and then brought home another top-10 finish later at the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
The trend of freshman succeeding early in their careers continued as Leif Swanson notched back-to-back top ten finishes, including a top five finish in his collegiate debut. Swanson posted a season best time of 24:19.8 at the Dellinger Invitational.
>> Washington State will race in the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Oregon on September 23.
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