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Cougar Men and Women Finish Third at Mountain West Classic
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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October 4, 1997

MISSOULA, Mont. -- In their toughest test to date, Washington State's men used their front runners while the women used excellent grouping as each cross country squad placed third at the 8th Annual Mountain West Classic Saturday morning at the University of Montana Golf Course.

In men's competition, John Mortimer and Kevin Sullivan of Michigan finished one-two among scorers to lead the fifth-ranked Wolverines over fourth-ranked Oregon 48-70. The Cougar men, ranked 15th nationally, were only three points behind the Ducks' point total to earn their best finish ever at the Classic.

Former Cougar All-America Patrick Muturi, running unattached, won the men's 8,000-meter race with a time of 24 minutes, 16.8 seconds. Mortimer was the first collegiate runner with a 24:24.6 time. WSU sophomore Bernard Lagat was fourth overall and third among scored runners as he crossed in 24:45.2. Junior Jon Murray (Stanwood, Wash.) finished in 25:08.1 as the sixth collegian.

Brigham Young dominated the women's 6,000-meter competition. BYU's "A" squad won handily with 26 points while its freshmen team finished as the runner-up with 106 points. WSU's unranked women held off seventh-ranked Arizona for third place 113-129. Eighteen seconds separated WSU's five scorers. Senior Kimberly Schmolka (Port Orchard, Wash.) was the top Cougar finisher with a time of 22:18 as the 17th scored runner. Junior Joanne Hunsinger (Fairchild AFB) was the 25th collegian with a time of 22:36.

MEN'S RESULTS - MOUNTAIN WEST CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC (Missoula, Mont., 8,000 meters)
Team Results (15) -
1, Michigan 48. 2, Oregon 70. 3, Washington State 73. 4, Arizona 101. 5, Montana 127. 6, Brigham Young 131. 7, Idaho State 153. 8, Idaho State 156. 9, Utah State 239. 10, Western Washington 331. 11, Idaho 336. 12, Montana Athletic Assoc. 349. 13, Eastern Washington 396. 14, Idaho State JV 430. 15, Montana-Billings 456.
Collegiate Medalist - 1, John Mortimer, Michigan, 24:24.6.
WSU Runners - 3, Bernard Lagat 24:45.2. 6, Jon Murray 25:08.1. 15, Brad Treat 25:31.3. 22, Eric Kamau 25:39.2. 27, Rasto Kiplangat 26:04.6. 51, Chris Charles 26:53.0. 52, Justin Murray 26:53.5. NS, Eric Allwine 27:15.4. NS, Josh Mattson 28:02.2.

WOMEN'S RESULTS - MOUNTAIN WEST CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC (Missoula, Mont., 6,000 meters)
Team Results (15) -
1, Brigham Young 26. 2, Brigham Young "freshmen" 106. 3, Washington State 113. 4, Arizona 129. 5, Idaho State 132. 6, Utah State 146. 7, B&B Runners 153. 8, Montana State 169. 9, Montana 209. 10, Idaho 281. 11, Eastern Washington 312. 12, Montana-Billings 342. 13, Idaho State JV 369. 14, Western Washington 391. 15, Flathead Calley CC 440.
Collegiate Medalist - 1, Amy Skieresz, Arizona, 20:32.1
WSU Runners - 17, Kimberly Schmolka 22:18.0. 18, Kristin Ritzenthaler 22:22.4. 22, Megan Maynard 22:28.3. 25, Joanne Hunsinger 22:36.0. 31, Tammi Green 22:46.0. 51, Crystal Malgesini 23:27.7. 54, Alishia Booterbaugh 23:35.3.

Washington State Cougars Athletics
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