Stone Boggs finishes fourth as Cougars take fifth overall as a team
STILLWATER, Ok. – Alaina Stone Boggs (20:37.7, 4th) finished top-five while Caroline Jerotich (21:15.6 15th) finished 15th to help the Washington State women's cross country squad record a top-five team finish at the Weis-Crockett Invitational on Saturday at the OSU Cross Country Course.
The Cougar women had two top runners finish in the top 15 of the 6k race. Stone Boggs has led the way in every race this season for the Cougars, taking fourth place today. Caroline Jerotich followed Stone Boggs finishing in 15th for attached collegiate runners. The Cougar women finished fifth as a team and scored 250 points. Brian Barsaiya took 25th in the 8k race to lead the Cougar men, who finished twelfth overall with 349 team points. Kelvin Limo (24:31.7, 49th) and Leif Swanson (24:36.4, 55th) followed suit notching top-55 finishes.
WOMEN'S 6K RECAP
"The women were amazing today! Still, without two of our top runners, the team executed [Head Women's Cross Country Coach] (Laura) Harmon's race plan perfectly. Stone Boggs was amazing! A 4th place finish in this field is incredible. Coach Harmon did an awesome job preparing this group for a race of this magnitude," said head coach Wayne Phipps.
Stone Boggs set the tempo for the 6k race. Stone Boggs steadily worked her way through the pack; after the first 1k marker, Boggs was in 44th place but jumped up 25 places after the 2k check-in. Boggs improved after almost every marker. The same can be said for the junior, Jerotich, who jumped up 76 spots after the first marker and 34 spots after the 3k marker to take 15th.
Neema Kimtai (21:44.4) improved 70 spots after the first 1k marker and stayed strong during the entire race to finish 47th.
Pietra Da Silva steadily worked through the field, moving up at least 15 places after every marker to finish 71st in 22:03.2.
Samantha Boyle rounded out the 6k scoring group for the Cougars, finishing 136th in 22:52.6.
MEN'S RACE RECAP
Sophomore Brian Barsaiya continues to excel this season as he notched a top-25 finish. Barsaiya has set the pace for the Cougars in every race he has run this season. Barsaiya ran a 22:52.6 8k time. Barsaiya started strong and kept an impressive pace throughout the race, improving from his starting position of 27th.
"The men were solid through 6k, but we need to get better in executing the latter part of the race. This is a very young group with just freshmen and sophomores, and it was a great learning experience for them," said head coach Wayne Phipps.
Sophomore Kelvin Limo finished behind Barsaiya, placing 49th with a time of 24:36.4. Sophomore Leif Swanson finished third for the Cougars running 24:36.4 and finishing 55th.
Turlan Morlan set a personal best 6k of 25:19.0 to finish 117th, and Aiden Emerson also claimed a new 6k personal best time of 25:44.1.
- Alaina Stone Boggs 20:37.7 (4th)
- Caroline Jerotich 21:15.6 (15th)
- Neema Kimtai 21:44.4 (47th)
- Pietra Da Silva 22:03.2 (71st)
- Samantha Boyle 22:52.6 (136th)
- Sophia Cushman 24:20.7 (207th)
- Maya Nichols 24:35.1 (211th)
- Brian Barsaiya, 24:08.2 (25th)
- Kelvin Limo, 24:31.7 (49th)
- Leif Swanson, 24:36.4 (55th)
- Turlan Morlan 25:19.0 (117th)
- Kyle Ortega-Gammill, 25:22.9 (124th)
- Aiden Emerson 25:44.1 (162th )
- Grayson Wilcott 25:56.6 (180th)
- Jacob Easton 26:03.3 (190th)
- Alex Barran 27:59.8 (237th)
Washington State will take a one-week break in action before the Pac-12 Championship in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, October 28.
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