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Lagat Leads Cougar Men to Big Cross Title
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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September 20, 1997

PASCO, Wash. -- Cougar sophomore Bernard Lagat won his second cross country race of the fall while Washington State's men claimed their second straight team title Saturday during the Big Cross Invitational.

Washington State's five scorers were among the top nine runners, giving the Cougars a team score of 21. This marked the first time WSU's men earned the Big Cross team title. Southern Utah finished second with 50 points, followed by Portland with 66 points, Washington with 83, Idaho with 147, Eastern Washington with 178 and Gonzaga with 201.

Lagat won the men's 8,000-meter race by 33 seconds with a time of 24 minutes, 17 seconds. Teammate Jon Murray was second at 24:50 and Brad Treat was third at 25:03.

In the opening race, Oregon's women (30 points) squeezed by both Washington (40) and Washington State (59). Marie Davis of Oregon turned in the winning 5,000-meter time of 17:47. WSU's Kristin Ritzenthaler (18:16) and Kimberly Schmolka (18:17) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

MEN'S RESULTS - BIG CROSS INVITATIONAL (Pasco, Wash., 8,000 meters)
Division I Team Results (7) -
1, Washington State 21. 2, Southern Utah 50. 3, Portland 66. 4, Washington 83. 5, Idaho 147. 6, Eastern Washington 178. 7, Gonzaga 201.
Medalist - 1, Bernard Lagat, WSU, 24:17.04.
WSU Runners - 1, Bernard Lagat 24:17.04. 2, Jon Murray 24:50.54. 3, Brad Treat 25:03.26. 8, Eric Kamau 25:16.46. 9, Rasto Kiplangat 25:16.81. 15, Chris Charles 25:43.00. 27, Josh Mattson 26:26.98. 32, Justin Murray 26:50.06. 33, Eric Allwine 26:50.65. 40, David Jungk 27:29.60.

WOMEN'S RESULTS - BIG CROSS INVITATIONAL (Pasco, Wash., 5,000 meters)
Division I Team Results (8) - 1, Oregon 30. 2, Washington 40. 3, Washington State 59. 4, Southern Utah 119. 5, Portland 120. 6, Idaho 177. 7, Eastern Washington 204. 8, Gonzaga 226.
Medalist - 1, Marie Davis, Oregon, 17:47.88
WSU Runners - 5, Kristin Liebich 18:16.06. 6, Kimberly Schmolka 18:17.68. 15, Megan Maynard 18:58.28. 18, Joanne Hunsinger 19:07.03. 21, Tammi Green 19:10.95. 26, Crystal Malgesini 19:21.17. 49, Lisa Chaffee 20:18.49. 52, Alishia Booterbaugh 20:22.74. 55, Lisa Schaures 20:31.57. 57, Shannon Bonogofski 20:34.70.

Washington State Cougars Athletics
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