Cross country shatters PR's at Bill Dellinger Invite
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Brian Barsaiya (23:46.0, 3rd) and Alaina Stone Boggs (20:07.3, 5th) each finished top-five as the Washington State men's and women's cross country teams each returned to competition at the Bill Dellinger Cross Country Invitational on Friday at the Springfield Golf Club.
Barsaiya claimed third in the 8k race to lead the Cougar men who finished fifth overall with 120 team points. Stone-Boggs posted the best 6k time for the Washington State women and teammate Carolina Jerotich finished just behind in sixth-overall as the women notched a fourth-place finish with 102 points.
WOMEN'S 6K RECAP
"[Head Women's Cross Country Coach] Laura (Harmon) has done an amazing job with the women's team. They were incredible today even without two of our top runners on the women's side," said Phipps.
Alaina Stone-Boggs led the way for the WSU women's cross country team, as the junior finished the 6K course with a personal best time of 20:07.3 and a fifth-place finish. Stone-Boggs shattered her previous best by more than 25 seconds. Stone Boggs ran average mile time of 5:24.
Junior Caroline Jerotich was hot on Stone-Boggs' tail, as she crossed the finish line in 20:09.4 which was a whooping 46 seconds ahead of her previous best to stag sixth place. Jerotich posted an average mile time of 5:25.
Neema Kimtai maintained her pace during the entire race cruising into 15th-place at 20:42.6. Kimtai averaged 5:34 minute mile time.
Pietra Da Silva set a new personal best in the 6k race by almost two minutes running 21:20.3 to take 31st. Samantha Boyle rounded out the top five for the Cougars by running the course in 21:59.1.
"This team is going to be very good by the end of the year. (Alaina Stone-Boggs), Caroline (Jerotich) and Neema (Kimtai) were so tough today. Pietra (Da Silva) and Samantha (Boyle) rallied over the last part of the race, and we just missed finishing second. This women's team is going to surprise some people this year," said Phipps.
MEN'S RACE RECAP
Sophomore Brian Barsaiya continued his strong start to the season as he sprinted to the podium with a third-place finish. Barsaiya helped set the pace for the Cougar running 23:46.0. Barsaiya posted his second straight top three finish, as he collected a mile time of 4:47.
"Brian (Barsaiya) had an awesome race for us today," said head coach Wayne Phipps. "We didn't race everyone, but this very young men's team competed very well," said Phipps.
Sophomore Kelvin Limo finished behind Barsaiya, as he placed 25th with a time of 24:23.5. Limo ran a 4:55 mile time.
Sophomore Leif Swanson finished third for the Cougars running 24:26.6, two places behind Limo. The Cougars had five freshmen make their WSU 8K debut on the men's side.
"We have to be cautious with such a young group, but this team has a huge amount of potential and I'm very excited to see them at the end of the season," said Phipps.
- Alaina Stone-Boggs, 20:07.3 (5th)
- Caroline Jerotich, 20:09.4 (6th)
- Neema Kimtai, 20:42.6 (15th)
- Pietra Da Silva, 21:20.3 (31st)
- Samantha Boyle, 21:59.1 (54th)
- Sophia Cushman, 23:35.6 (74th)
- Brian Barsaiya, 23:46.0 (3rd)
- Kelvin Limo, 24:23.5 (25th)
- Leif Swanson, 24:26.6 (27th)
- Kyle Ortega-Gammill, 24:42.3 (42nd)
- Jacob Eason, 25:06.4 (56th)
- Evan Gonzalez, 25:19.3 (59th)
- Turlan Morlan, 25:20.4 (60th)
Washington State men's and women's cross country teams will take another two-week break from competition before racing on Oct. 8 at the Inland Empire Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho.
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