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(RMC Athletics release)

HELENA, Mont. – The Rocky Mountain College cross country teams opened the new season on Friday morning at the Early Bird Invite hosted by Carroll College at Bill Roberts Golf Course. The Rocky men’s team finished second while the women placed fifth.

In the men’s race, the Battlin’ Bears averaged a time of 22:13.7 over the 6-kilometer course. They had two runners place in the top 10 of the 33 runner field.

Fred Petsch led the way for Rocky with a second-place finish. He time of 20:00.55 was four seconds off the lead of race winner, Layne Ryerson from Carroll.

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Eddie Loughran ran 20:45.9 to place seventh overall and give the Bears two top 10 finishers. Jackson Duffey finished 16th after completing his first collegiate race in 21:23.3. Dakota Johnson added a 24th-place finish to the Bears score with his time at 22:25.5. Logan Clements began his college career in 25th at 22:26.7.

Another trio of Bears competed in a college race for the first time on Friday. Clayton Canty finished 27th at 22:46.4 and George Beddow was 29th in 22:53.0. Dylan Council finished 33rd after running 23:50.6.

Rocky also had Gillean Szweda Mittelstadt finish in 22:46.6 to place 28th and Brenden Leaming run 22:58.7 to place 30th.

The Rocky women averaged 18:15.2 as a team over the 4-kilometer course. They had two runners finish in the top-15 of the field that featured a total of 28 runners.

Corinne Hamilton paced the Battlin’ Bears with a time at 16:40.9. The sophomore finished ninth overall and was the only Rocky runner under 17 minutes.

Mei-Li Stevens finished 15th after completing the run in 17:30.8. Courtney Hallock ran 18:25.3 to place 20th and Carrie Cota was 22nd in 18:49.0. Kelsey Crona completed the team for Rocky with her time of 19:50.0 to finish 27th.

The Battlin’ Bears will continue their season next weekend at the Montana State Open. The race is scheduled for September 16 in Bozeman, Montana.

Men’s College/Open
O’All Place Adj Place Bib No Name Team 2k 4k 6k Time Pace Grade
1 1 3212 Layne Ryerson Carroll 19:56 6:46 6:47 19:56.77 5:21/M JR
2 2 3269 Fred Petsch Rocky Mountain 20:00 6:49 6:39 20:00.55 5:22/M SR
3 3 3247 Peyton Jones Providence (Great Falls) 20:01 6:48 6:40 20:01.83 5:22/M JR
4 4 3210 Drake Johnson Carroll 20:05 6:48 6:44 20:05.52 5:23/M FR
5 (< 5) 3202 Chance Hya􀆩 Una􀆩ached 20:08 6:51 6:46 20:08.88 5:24/M SR
6 5 3209 John Cooney Carroll 20:22 6:49 7:01 20:22.11 5:28/M SO
7 6 3231 Eddie Loughran Rocky Mountain 20:45 7:05 7:03 20:45.94 5:34/M JR
8 (< 5) 3223 Josh Jessop Montana Western 20:51 7:11 6:50 20:51.25 5:35/M SO
9 (< 5) 3224 Russell Kujala Montana Western 21:01 7:11 7:00 21:01.50 5:38/M JR
10 (< 5) 3222 Paul Bielawski Montana Western 21:05 7:11 7:03 21:05.35 5:39/M JR
11 7 3237 Kai Krumwiede MSU-Northern 21:09 7:10 6:56 21:09.66 5:40/M FR
12 (< 5) 3225 Tanner Lehr Montana Western 21:13 7:12 7:11 21:13.46 5:41/M JR 13 8 3248 Conor McGee Providence (Great Falls) 21:14 7:10 7:12 21:14.01 5:42/M JR 14 9 3249 Sage Wanner Providence (Great Falls) 21:15 7:18 7:05 21:15.92 5:42/M FR 15 10 3214 Ben Wood Carroll 21:20 7:08 7:19 21:20.19 5:43/M SO 16 11 3265 Jackson Duffey Rocky Mountain 21:23 7:10 7:20 21:23.31 5:44/M FR 17 12 3238 Amos Taiswa MSU-Northern 21:36 7:22 7:17 21:36.43 5:47/M FR 18 13 3236 Luke Karnauskas MSU-Northern 21:37 7:17 7:23 21:37.63 5:48/M SO 19 14 3250 Tim Wright Providence (Great Falls) 21:51 7:31 7:28 21:51.82 5:51/M SO 20 15 3211 Joe Mullener Carroll 21:54 7:32 7:30 21:54.17 5:52/M SO 21 16 3235 Beau Hya􀆩 MSU-Northern 22:09 7:36 7:26 22:09.10 5:56/M SO 22 17 3213 Taylor Smith Carroll 22:22 7:37 7:36 22:22.04 6:00/M SR 23 18 3215 Drew Zwijack Carroll 22:22 7:44 7:41 22:22.88 6:00/M FR Carroll Invitational http://competitivetiming.com/results/175052MS 1 of 5 9/8/2017, 12:29 PM 24 19 3267 Dakota Johnson Rocky Mountain 22:25 7:45 7:32 22:25.53 6:01/M SR 25 20 3263 Logan Clements Rocky Mountain 22:26 7:43 7:32 22:26.75 6:01/M FR 26 21 3234 Gabe Hallock MSU-Northern 22:38 7:47 8:02 22:38.67 6:04/M FR 27 22 3262 Clayton Canty Rocky Mountain 22:46 7:50 7:29 22:46.37 6:06/M FR 28 23 3270 Gillean Szweda Mi􀆩elstadt Rocky Mountain 22:46 7:49 7:30 22:46.61 6:06/M JR 29 (> 7) 3261 George Beddow Rocky Mountain 22:53 7:51 7:56 22:53.05 6:08/M FR
30 (> 7) 3268 Brenden Leaming Rocky Mountain 22:58 7:56 7:50 22:58.68 6:09/M JR
31 24 3246 Ma􀆩 Holter Providence (Great Falls) 23:09 8:05 7:53 23:09.87 6:12/M FR
32 25 3233 Riley Dennis MSU-Northern 23:11 8:07 7:54 23:11.47 6:13/M JR
33 (> 7) 3264 Dylan Council Rocky Mountain 23:50 8:07 8:16 23:50.64 6:23/M FR

Women’s College/Open
O’All Place Adj Place Bib No Name Team 2k 4k Time Pace Grade
1 1 3207 Janie Reid Carroll 15:03 7:29 15:03.86 6:04/M SR
2 2 3205 Samantha Mundel Carroll 15:13 7:36 15:13.78 6:08/M JR
3 3 3219 Mindy Kaufman Montana Western 15:44 7:58 15:44.95 6:21/M JR
4 4 3203 Teal Bullick Carroll 15:55 7:53 15:55.74 6:25/M JR
5 5 3228 Rachel David MSU-Northern 16:19 8:12 16:19.85 6:35/M SO
6 6 3230 Ashley McCready MSU-Northern 16:28 8:20 16:28.71 6:38/M FR
7 7 3216 Emma Adams Montana Western 16:35 8:40 16:35.11 6:41/M FR
8 (< 5) 3201 Kaitlyn Bird Una􀆩ached 16:38 8:22 16:38.30 6:42/M FR
9 8 3255 Corinne Hamilton Rocky Mountain 16:40 8:31 16:40.87 6:43/M SO
10 9 3206 Kendyl Pierson Carroll 16:45 8:30 16:45.02 6:45/M FR
11 10 3242 Claudia Hewston Providence (Great Falls) 16:50 8:41 16:50.26 6:47/M SR
12 11 3204 Elly MacHado Carroll 16:51 8:36 16:51.62 6:48/M FR
13 12 3218 Beth Jansma Montana Western 17:02 8:46 17:02.52 6:52/M
14 13 3208 Kaitlin Stromberg Carroll 17:25 8:58 17:25.24 7:01/M JR
15 14 3259 Mei-Li Stevens Rocky Mountain 17:30 9:00 17:30.79 7:03/M FR
16 15 3244 Kita Weingart Providence (Great Falls) 17:35 9:24 17:35.91 7:05/M FR
17 16 3240 Makayla Cook Providence (Great Falls) 17:50 9:12 17:50.02 7:11/M FR
18 17 3217 Gabi Gomez-Wint Montana Western 18:00 9:07 18:00.13 7:15/M JR
Carroll Invitational http://competitivetiming.com/results/175052WS
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19 18 3232 Nicole Parsons MSU-Northern 18:22 9:15 18:22.68 7:24/M FR
20 19 3254 Courtney Hallock Rocky Mountain 18:25 9:31 18:25.35 7:26/M SO
21 20 3239 Nicole Brist Providence (Great Falls) 18:48 9:44 18:48.07 7:35/M SR
22 21 3251 Carrie Cota Rocky Mountain 18:49 9:43 18:49.02 7:35/M SO
23 22 3227 Courtney Cota MSU-Northern 19:10 10:02 19:10.20 7:44/M SR
24 23 3243 Kaitlyn Leist Providence (Great Falls) 19:32 10:06 19:32.46 7:53/M SR
25 24 3226 Mckenna Barkus MSU-Northern 19:43 10:10 19:43.15 7:57/M SR
26 25 3229 Breck Don MSU-Northern 19:47 9:56 19:47.59 7:59/M SR
27 26 3252 Kelsey Crona Rocky Mountain 19:50 10:12 19:50.02 8:00/M SO
28 27 3220 Amanda Stobie Montana Western 19:51 10:02 19:51.71 8:00/M
Carroll Invitational http://competitivetiming.com/results/175052WS
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