BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The Weber State men’s and women’s cross country teams both came in second at the 40th annual Montana State Bozeman Running Company Invitational Saturday morning. Hailey Whetten won individual honors on the women’s side in a meet that included six Big Sky Conference schools.
On the women’s side, the Wildcats posted a team total of 53 points, finishing second to Utah by just four points. The Wildcats had three runners in the top ten, including a first and second place finish. WSU defeated seven other teams including Montana State, Montana, Northern Colorado, Idaho State and North Dakota from the Big Sky.
Whetten, a senior out of Afton, Wyo., captured individual honors with a time of 16:38 on the three-mile course to win by four seconds. The time is the second fastest time in the history of the meet. WSU senior Ellie Child was right behind, finishing in second place with a time of 16:42, eight seconds faster than the third place finisher.
WSU’s next runner was junior Paige Dilmore who finished ninth overall at 16:58. Sophomore Summer Harper was next at 17:20 to finish 17th overall and senior Alice Neville was the fifth runner, posting a time of 17:31 to finish 24th overall.
On the men’s side, Weber State came in second to Utah State by just two points. The Wildcats totaled 45 points to finish just behind Utah State’s 43 with Wyoming taking third. WSU defeated five Big Sky teams in Montana State, Idaho State, Montana, North Dakota and Northern Colorado.
Individually, junior Jordan Cross was Weber State’s top runner, taking third overall with a time of 24:42 on the five-mile course. He was followed by freshman Dallin Leatham who was fourth at 24:45 and senior Jason Kearns who came in seventh at 24:53.
WSU’s next finisher was freshman Tyson Green in 15th place at 25:22, with freshman Luca Sinn right behind in 16th place with a time of 25:24.
“I was really pleased with the performance of both teams today,” said WSU head coach Paul Pilkington. “Hailey ran a great race and really set the pace for the rest of the field and our other runners came along well. I was also really proud of our men’s team on how they ran as a group against some quality competition and placed three runners in the top seven.”
The Wildcats will next compete at the Notre Dame Innovational Sept. 30 in South Bend, Ind.