(Neb.)-Men Fourth, Women Seventh In Final Regular Season Meet
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- October 7, 2017 -- With sophomore Riley Howard leading the way, the Chadron State College men's cross country team finished tied for fourth among the 11 teams - nine of them collegiate - at the 44th annual Western Washington University Cross Country Classic on Saturday at Western Washington University.
The Chadron State women, led once more by sophomore Alyse Henry and senior Nicky Banzhaf, were seventh among 12 squads.
"The men did much better than two weeks ago at the Roy Griak meet," said CSC Head Cross Country Coach Brian Medigovich. "The women were okay. Our third, fourth and fifth women did well, and we started slow in our first couple of spots, so there's room for improvement."
The five members of the men's team who scored were, in order, Riley Howard in 26th, Eric Yager in 28th, Phillip Duncan in 29th, Levi Avila in 37th, and Sheldon Curley in 44th. All five men finished within the top 15 times on Chadron State's all-time 10-kilometer cross country performance list. Howard, the leader in 32:35.7, ran the sixth-best time ever for an Eagle runner at that distance, which has traditionally been exclusive to NCAA regional meets.
Henry and Banzhaf also cracked the top 10 on the performance lists, at 23:03.2 and 23:03.3, respectively, but both women were short of their own personal bests from 2015.
The Eagles' other placings and times on the women's side were Julia Eskelson, 67th, 23:54.0; Taylor Allison, 71st, 23:59.6; Dominique Oden, 74th, 24:08.2; and Emma Willadsen, 95, 25:34.9. The team's point total was 204 points.
The Chadron State men tied for fourth in the team standings with Club Northwest, at 117 points each. In a collegiate tiebreaker, the club team would have come out ahead with the faster of the two teams' sixth runners. Taylor Dick rounded out the Eagles' contingent, finishing 97th in 35:22.6. Without the club teams' scores, the Eagles would have finished at an even 100 points.
The other Eagles' times were Howard in 32:35.7; Yager in 32:38.9; Phil Duncan in 32:41.4; Levi Avila in 33:05.0; and Sheldon Curley in 33:24.8.
Chico State University, from California, was near-perfect as the men's team champion, finishing first, second third, fifth, and sixth individually. The Wildcats had 17 points while runner-up Western Washington, the host team, was second with 76.
The individual winner was Keenan Viney, a Canadian running unattached who was once affiliated with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Simon Fraser University, the NCAA's only Canadian member, won the women's team championship with 44 points, two fewer than second place Chico State.
Lindsey Butterworth was the women's individual champion in 21:14.7. Butterworth is a former two-time NCAA Division II champion in the 800 meters and seven-time All-American from Simon Fraser, who finished her collegiate eligibility in 2015 and competed unattached.
The Eagles' next outing will be at home in Chadron on Saturday, Oct. 21, as the college hosts the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Meet.
Women's Team scoring—1, Simon Fraser, 44; 2, Chico State, 46; 3, Club Northwest, 68; 4, Western Washington, 106; 5, Seattle Pacific, 114; 6, Central Washington 165; 7, Chadron State, 204; 8, Northwest Nazarene, 242; 9, Saint Martin's, 249; 10, Alaska Fairbanks, 283; 11, Oiselle, 339; 12, Green River C.C., 366.
Men's Team scoring—1, Chico State, 17; 2, Western Washington, 76; 3, Simon Fraser, 92; T4, Club Northwest, 117; T4, Chadron State, 117; 6, Seattle Pacific, 180; 7, Central Washington, 182; 8, Northwest Nazarene, 193; 9, Alaska Fairbanks, 276; 10, Seattle Running Club, 305; 11, Saint Martin's, 312.
(Courtesy Chadron State College)
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