The Weber State women's cross country team captured the Big Sky Championships Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho. The Wildcat men's team finished second in the conference meet.
The Wildcat women won their fifth conference title and the first since 2006. The 'Cats scored 40 points in the meet followed by host Idaho State who had 50 points Northern Arizona was third at 82 followed by Montana State and Montana.
Individually, WSU sophomore Amber Henry was the individual champion. Henry posted a time of 17:30.50 on the 5K course, which broke the previous course record. Henry is the first Wildcat won win the individual title since Sariah Long in 2007.
"I was able to help my team take the championship," Henry said. ""I knew our team would do well because we trained really well.
Junior Sarah Callister was WSU's second runner, posting a time of 17:56.92 to finish fifth overall followed by Laken Hintze who was sixth at 18:10.98 and both earned All-Conference honors.
Taylor Thornley was 13th for the Wildcats at 18:32.88 and Kayla Blackford finished 15th with a time of 18:40.27.
On the men's side the Northern Arizona won its fifth straight title and 21st overall. The Lumberjacks scored totaled 26 points with the Wildcats coming in second with 42. Montana State was third at 86 with Montana fourth and Sacramento State fifth.
NAU's Diego Estrada was the individual winner with a time of 24:15.43, which set a new course
Senior Brett Hales led Weber State with a third place overall finish to earn All-Conference honors. Hales posted a time of 24:44.60 on the 8K course. Mike Hardy was WSU's next runner at 25:00.20 with Jason Nance coming in eighth at 25:04.94, all earning All-Conference honors.
John Coyle was next at 25:35.69, finishing 12th overall, followed by Alex Sorenson who was 13th with a time of 25:45.51.
"The women ran a great race and really executed our plan throughout the race," said WSU head coach Paul Pilkington. "Amber got off to a great start and ran a great race and the others also competed well as a team. On the men's side Brett had a good performance and led the race for a while. The rest of the team also ran well for us."
The Wildcats will next be in action Nov. 12 when they compete at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Provo.