September 12, 1997
MOSCOW, Idaho -- For the first time on record, the Washington State men's and women's cross country squads each posted perfect team scores of 15 points to claim titles during the Idaho Invitational Friday evening at the UI Golf Course.
Cougar runners filled the top six spots in both races with senior Kristin Ritzenthaler and sophomore Bernard Lagat claiming individual crowns.
Ritzenthaler (Gorlitz, Germany) edged junior teammate Kimberly Schmolka (Port Orchard, Wash.) by one second with a winning time of 14 minutes, 55.7 seconds in the women's 2.5 mile race.
Lagat (Nandi, Kenya) cruised to an 18-second victory as he covered the men's four-mile course in 20:08. Senior Rasto Kiplangat (Liftin, Kenya) was second in 20:36.7 and junior transfer Jon Murray was third in 20:38.2.
The previous best team scores on record for the men came at the 1986 Idaho Invitational when the Cougars filled spots No. 2-6 for a team total of 16 points. The previous best for the women, 18 points, came at the 1987 Whitman Invitational was WSU runners finished No. 1-4 with the fifth runner in eighth place overall.
This year's Idaho meet was scored as duals only with WSU picking up a clean sweep in scoring with Idaho, Gonzaga and Portland State.
MEN'S RESULTS - IDAHO INVITATIONAL (Moscow, Idaho - 4 Miles)
Division I Dual Scoring - 1, Washington State 15, Idaho 49; Washington State 15, Gonzaga 50; Washington State 15, Portland State 50
Medalist - 1, Bernard Lagat, Washington State, 20:08
WSU Runners - 1, Bernard Lagat 20:08. 2, Rasto Kiplangat 20:36.7. 3, Jon Murray 20:38.2. 4, Brad Treat 20:48.2. 5, Chris Charles 21:32.2. 6, Justin Murray 21:36.3. 8, Eric Allwine 21:50.2. 9, David Jungk 21:57.7. 10, Josh Mattson 22:08.3. 12, Rob Harris 22:28.1.
WOMEN'S RESULTS - IDAHO INVITATIONAL (Moscow, Idaho - 2.5 Miles)
Division I Team Dual Scoring - Washington State 15, Idaho 49; Washington State 15, Gonzaga 50; Washington State 15, Portland State incomplete squad
Medalist - 1, Kristin Ritzenthaler, Washington State, 14:55.7
WSU Runners - 1, Kristin Ritzenthaler 14:55.7. 2, Kimberly Schmolka 14:56.8. 3, Megan Maynard 15:24.2. 4, Joanne Hunsinger 15:28.4. 5, Tammi Green 15:35.4. 6, Crystal Malgeshi 15:51. 9, Alishia Booterbaugh 16:01.3. 15, Lisa Chaffe 16:34.7. 17, Lisa Schaures 16:44.5. 29, Shelly Bonogofski 17:44.1