Sept. 3, 2011
COLBERT, Wash. -- Washington State men's and women's cross country teams won the team titles at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Cross Country meet hosted by Eastern Washington and Gonzaga at Mead High School Saturday morning.
The Cougar men dominate the field with eight of the top nine places being claimed by WSU. Justin Englund, Andrew Kimpel, Andrew Gonzales and Jono Lafler finished first through fourth with Todd Wakefield, Drew Jordan, Richard Shroy and Matt Cronrath taking sixth through ninth places. Englund's winning time for the 6,200 meters was 18-minutes, 32.6 seconds.
The Cougar men's team was the overall winner with 16 points, followed by Idaho (65), Gonzaga (76), Eastern Washington (97), and Whitworth (133).
Ruby Roberts was the top finisher for the Cougar women, taking fourth place with a time of 14:25.3 for the 4,200m course. Caroline Austin finished fifth and Allison Clark took sixth while Sarah Bobbe, Emily Farrar and Katie Fleischer were 10th through 12th, respectively. Former Idaho standout, Allix Potratz-Lee, now running for the Oiselle club, won the women's race in a time of 14:09.3.
The WSU women won the team title with 31 points followed by Idaho (41), Gonzaga (59), Eastern Washington (116), and Whitworth (141).
"It was really great to see the men run in a tight pack and run with confidence and poise. It certainly was a good starting point for this season," Cougar Head Coach Pete Julian said. "The women looked strong and came into the season quite fit and comparing today to two years ago, this team is light years ahead of that team. I'm very pleased with where both teams are and this will be a good springboard for the whole season."
The next race for the Cougar harriers will be September 24 at the Community Colleges of Spokane Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.