SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Weber State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their third meet of the season Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational. The Wildcat women’s team came in 17th overall with the men’s team finishing 18th in two competitive races.
The Wildcat women’s team totaled 409 points to finish 17th in the blue race that included six nationally ranked teams, including three teams in the top five. Weber State was led by senior Hailey Whetten who continued her strong season by finishing 15th overall. Whetten posted a time of 16:43.5 on the 5K course to finish 15th and defeat several runners on ranked teams.
WSU’s next runner was senior Ellie Child who came in 65th overall at 17:19.2. Pagie Dilmore was next in 100th place with a time of 17:44.1 with sophomore Candace Sharp taking 117th at 17:55.9 and freshman Maddie Ball finishing as WSU’s fifth runner in 129th place at 18:02.4.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats took 18th place with 526 points in the blue race. The men’s race also included six nationally ranked teams.
Jordan Cross was Weber State’s top finisher for the second-straight meet, taking 54th overall with a time of 24:33.7 on the five-mile course. Junior Preston Johnson was next in 110th place at 25:01.3.
Freshman Dallin Leatham was the third runner for the Wildcats, finishing 120th overall at 25:07.9. Jason Kearns was next at 129th with a time of 25:15.4 and freshman Tyson Green was the fifth runner at 25:21.6 to finish 139th overall.
“This meet was as a good opportunity for our teams to run against some very high competition,” said Weber State cross country head coach Paul Pilkington. “The women were without a couple of our top runners but Hailey ran another terrific race, as did Jordan on the men’s side.”
The Wildcats will next be in action at the Steve Reeder Memorial, Oct. 7 in Logan.