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WSU Men's Cross Country Team Takes Fifth at Notre Dame
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/30/2011
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Sept. 30, 2011


NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Washington State men's cross country team, led by senior Jono Lafler's 11th-place finish, took fifth place in the team standings for the Blue race at the 56th annual Notre Dame Invitational meet Friday. The WSU women's team finished in 17th place.

Jono Lafler (Maple Valley, Wash.) led the way for the Washington State men finishing in 11th place out of the 205 competitors, and covering the five-mile course in 24 minutes, 20 seconds.

"Today was a great accomplishment for us and this is a huge stepping stone for the Cougar men's cross country program," Lafler said.

Andrew Kimpel (junior, Spokane, Wash.) was next across the finish line for the Cougs in 30th place with a time of 24:47, and was followed closely by teammates Andrew Gonzales (34th) and Justin Englund (37th) with Todd Wakefield (96th) rounding out the scoring Cougars. BYU's Miles Batty won the men's Blue race individual title in a time of 23:59, leading the No. 15 blue Cougars to the team title with 46 points.

The WSU men's team finished in front of four nationally-ranked teams in this prestigious race in Indiana: No. 20 New Mexico, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 26 Ohio State, and No. 27 Eastern Kentucky. All four teams that finished ahead of the Washington State men in the Invitational were nationally ranked in the top 15 in Week 3. The Cougars' finish Friday will be a solid campaign for a national ranking next week.

"For the men, big breakthrough, it was a huge day for the Cougs obviously beating a lot of ranked teams," Cougar Head Coach Pete Julian said. "It was a massive breakthrough for Jono Lafler. It was exciting to see him racing with the lead pack with a mile to go. We struggled a little today on the fifth man but we have depth there and some good guys who will come around. We left the meet on the men's side thinking we could have run better and maybe that's getting greedy. But fifth place in a stacked race like this and beating a lot of nationally-ranked teams is good for the guys and I'm really pleased for them."

Once again, the first to finish for the Cougar women was sophomore Ruby Roberts (Kingston, Wash.). Roberts finished 38th the 5,000m race in a time of 17: 42. The other Cougar women across the line were: Caroline Austin (54th), Sarah Bobbe (105th), Katie Fleischer (106th), and Courtney Zalud (124th). Silje Fjortoft, a senior from Southern Methodist University, took first place overall in the women's 5,000m race (16:54). No. 7 Florida State won the women's team title with 54 points. The WSU women were 17th (420 points) out of the 28 teams.

"It was a real disappointing day for the Cougar women," Julian said. "As fired up as we were about the men's performance we are as disappointed in the women and they are disappointed in themselves. We went right to the back right at the beginning and that is not what we practiced, not what we train and not what we talk about. They are a great team and have been running fantastic and I think they made an error in tactics today. They are going to learn from this; we have some great data and they are really upset and ticked off and that is a great place to be with a month to go before Pac-12s."

The weather played a bigger role in the meet Friday than was likely desired with temperatures dipped into the low 50's as winds blew at 20-30 mph, with gusts hitting above 40 mph. Heavy rain over the last week drenched the course and created soft spots throughout.

The next race for the Cougar men and women will be the Inland Northwest Challenge, to be held in Spokane on October 14th.

Men's Results
Notre Dame Invitational, 5-mile
Notre Dame Golf Course, Notre Dame, Ind.
September 30, 2011
Men's Team Results: BYU 46, Florida State 93, Princeton 138, Stanford 202, Washington State 205, UCLA 211, Texas A&M 261, New Mexico 264, Eastern Kentucky 267, Air Force 296, Notre Dame 321, Ohio State 326, Georgia 340, Penn State 343, Utah State 365, Butler 370, Weber State 399, UTEP 429, Missouri 453, Eastern Michigan 501, Indiana State 525, Clemson 584, Auburn 705, Santa Clara 708, Baylor 752, Fresno State 790
Scoring Results:1. Miles Batty (BYU) 23:59; 2. Donn Cabral (Princeton) 24:00; 3. Mike Fout (FSU) 24:01; 4. Jared Ward (BYU) 24:03; 5. Callum Hawkins (Butler) 24:04; 6. Rex Shields (BYU) 24:10; 7. Nicholas Kipruto (New Mexico) 24:12; 8. Henry Lelei (TAMU) 24:16; 9. Ross Millington (New Mexico) 24:17; 10. Jim Walmsley (Air Force) 24:19. WSU Results:11. Jono Lafler 24:20; 30. Andrew Kimpel 24:47; 34. Andrew Gonzales 24:48; 37. Justin Englund 24:50; 96. Todd Wakefield 25:27; 124. Mack Young 25:46; 126. Drew Jordan 25:26; 184. Richard Shroy 26:42; 196. Forrest Shaffer 27:09.

Women's Results
Notre Dame Invitational, 5,000m
Notre Dame Golf Course, Notre Dame, Ind.
September 30, 2011
Women's Team Results: Florida State 54, Arkansas-Fayetteville 116, New Mexico 164, Penn State 188, Notre Dame 210, BYU 254, Clemson 265, Princeton 268, Missouri 286, Weber State 301, Stony Brook 307, Toledo 351, Ohio State 366, James Madison 390, Rice 390, Southern Methodist 398, Washington State 420, Georgia 421, Baylor 445, Texas A&M 455, Air Force 535, Butler 548, UCLA 625, UAB 629, UTEP 638, Fresno State 703, Utah State 752, Auburn 762. Scoring Results: 1. Silje Fjortoft (SMU) 16:54; 2. Morgan Haws (BYU) 17:02; 3. Risper Kimaiyo (UTEP) 17:05; 4. Amanda Winslow (FSU) 17:06; 5. Kristen Gillespie (Arkansas-Fayetteville) 17:10; 6. Jessica Parry (FSU) 17:11; 7. Kaitie Vanatta (Missouri) 17:14; 8. Katie Harman (James Madison) 17:15; 9. Hayley Green (Stony Brook) 17:15; 10. Hannah Brooks (FSU) 17:16. WSU Results: 38. Ruby Roberts 17:42; 54. Caroline Austin 17:51; 105. Sarah Bobbe 18:17; 106. Katie Fleischer 18:17; 124. Courtney Zalud 18:23; 139. Ramona Morshead 18:34; 146. Allison Clark 18:38; 189. Emily Farrar 19:05; 207. Heidi Turner 19.26.

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