Oct. 4, 2008
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Washington State junior Sara Trané won the women's race at the University of Montana Cross Country Invitational, and five Cougars claimed the top five places in the Missoula, Mont., race Saturday morning.
Trané, a junior from Pixbo, Sweden, covered the soggy 5,000m course on the UM Golf Course in a time of 18-minutes, 10 seconds.
"Sara ran well. It was perfect for her first race of the season, a good rust-buster," Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake said.
The next four Cougar finishers crossed the line within 30 seconds of Trané. Chelsea VanDeBrake (junior, Yakima) took second place in a time of 18:25, Michelly Foley (freshman, Prineville, Ore.) was third in a time of 18:31, Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, British Columbia) was slowed by a side ache and finished fourth with a time of 18:34, and Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) took fifth place with a time of 18:40. Three more Cougs finished in the top 11: Marisa Sandoval (junior, Los Alamos, NM) was seventh (18:43), Emily Farrar (freshman, Bainbridge) was ninth (18:51), and Mietra Smollack (freshman, Gig Harbor) was 11th (18:55).
"The rain stopped just before the race began and I thought we ran well. It was a manageable meet with a smaller feel but we were racing and not just running a time trial. Everyone won their individual battles and this meet was a good competition to build confidence," Drake said.
The Cougar men's squad did not compete this weekend and both teams will take the next weekend to train for the Oct. 18, NCAA Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
University of Montana Cross Country Invitational
UM Golf Course, Missoula, Mont. 5,000m
October 4, 2008
Top Five Individuals: 1. Sara Trané (WSU) 18:10, 2. Chelsea VanDeBrake (WSU) 18:25, 3. Michelly Foley (WSU) 18:31, 4. Lisa Egami (WSU) 18:34, 5. Amanda Andrews (WSU) 18:40.
WSU Results: 1. Sara Trané 18:10, 2. Chelsea VanDeBrake 18:25, 3. Michelly Foley 18:31, 4. Lisa Egami 18:34, 5. Amanda Andrews 18:40, 7. Marisa Sandoval, 18:43, 9. Emily Farrar 18:51, 11. Mietra Smollack 18:55, 18. Ashley Wall 19:34, 19. Sarah Dunn 19:38, 32. Stephanie Sipes 20:17.