Stone Boggs finishes 14th, Cougars notch 10 PR's at NCAA Cross Country West Regional
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Washington State women's cross country sophomore Alaina Stone Boggs finished fourteenth (19:38.5) while improving her 6k personal best time by 9.3 seconds Friday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country West Regional at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Brain Barsaiya ran a personal best 10k time of 29:20.1 to secure 39th in the men's field. His teammates, Kelvin Limo (30:16.6) and Leif Swanson (30:19.9), crossed the finish line behind Barsaiya to place in 88th and 92nd respectively.
Stone Boggs notched her highest finish at the West Regional Championship to help the WSU women to a 12th-place finish while the Cougar men finished at 415 team points to also place 12th at Friday's West Regional.
Neema Kimtai crossed the finish line after Stone Boggs in 20:18.2 to take 51st overall in the women's field as the Cougar women also placed 12th as a team with 355 points. Stone Boggs jumped into the top-14 during the last leg of the race as she moved up from seventeenth to lead the way for the Cougars.
WOMEN'S 6K RECAP
Junior Alaina Stone Boggs set the pace for the Cougars as she was one of three other Cougars who set new personal bests in the race. Stone Boggs jumped out to an early lead and maintained her pace throughout the race as she stayed in the top 17 throughout the race.
"Alaina capped off her incredible season with a 14th place finish and a chance to head to the NCAA finals as an individual," said head coach Wayne Phipps
Neema Kimtai was the second Cougar to cross the finish line in 20:18.2 to take 51st. Jerotich was three seconds behind Kimtai as she finished the race in 20:21.2 to take 53rd.
Pietra Da Silva set a new 6k personal best for the second straight race. Da Silva improved her 6k time by 2 seconds when she took 93rd by running 20:49.3. Samantha Boyle helped to round out the scoring five by taking 143rd in 21:27.9.
Mevin Jelagat set a personal best by running 21:32.7 to take 155th in the race while Elena Miezava set a Washington State personal best time of 22:17.9. The women claimed four personal best times on the west side of the state.
Oregon State claimed the individual winner with Kaylee Mitchell, while Stanford won the team title with 76 points.
MEN'S RACE RECAP
Brian Barsaiya continued the to lead the pack for the Cougars as he set a personal best time of 29:20.1. Barsaiya improved by 22 spots after the second 1k marker and continued improving. Barsaiya moved up 17 spots after he crossed the third 1k marker. Barsaiya ultimately finished in 39th; 38 places above where he started.
Kelvin Limo finished behind Barsaiya finishing 88th in 30:16.6. Leif Swason started the trend of setting a new personal best after he finished three seconds behind Limo in 92nd by running 30:19.9. Every Cougar runner who finished after Limo notched a 10k PR.
Turlan Morlan only got better as the race went on as he notched a personal best time of 30:22.2 by jumping up 50 spots throughout the race to finish 94th.
Jacob Easton rounded out the scoring five for men's team by improving 32 spots from the start of the race to take 110th in 30:46.3. Easton made a big final push by moving up twelve spots in last two 1k markers. The men's team notched six 10k personals bests in Seattle.
"Both teams are very young and we are very excited about the future of both programs," said coach Phipps.
Stanford claimed the team title scoring 45 points, but Brian Fay took the individual title for the University of Washington
- Alaina Stone Boggs 19:38.5 (14th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Neema Kimtai 20:18.2 (51st)
- Caroline Jerotich 20:21.2 (53rd)
- Pietra Da Silva 20:49.3 (93rd) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Samantha Boyle 21:27.9 (143rd)
- Mevin Jelagat 21:32.7 (155th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Elena Miezava 22:17.9 (201st) [WSU PERSONAL BEST]
- Brian Barsaiya, 29:20.1 (39th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Kelvin Limo 30:16.6 (88th)
- Leif Swanson 30:19.9 (92nd) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Turlan Morlan 30:22.2 (94th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Jacob Easton 30:46.3 (110th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Grayson Wilcott 31:53.6 (174th) [PERSONAL BEST]
- Kyle Ortega-Gammill 32:05.2 (184th) [PERSONAL BEST]
Washington State will await the NCAA selection committee's final decisions on at-large bids into the 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Okla. Click here for full automatic and at-large selection criteria into the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
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