(Editor's note: Montana State University media release)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Montana State cross country teams completed action at the 2019 Mountain Region Championships on Friday, Nov. 15, at Rose Park Golf Course. The Bobcat men's squad placed 10th overall with 274 points and the women's team finished 15th with 365 points.
MSU freshman Camila Noe continued her late season success by earning a potential spot in the NCAA Championships next weekend with her performance at regionals. Noe finished in fifth place with a time of 20 minutes, 4.5 seconds in the women's 6-kilometer race. That mark was just nine seconds behind runner-up Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico. Noe's fifth-place showing was the highest for an MSU women's runner at the Mountain Region Championships since 1992 when Jennifer Cleary took third overall.
Seniors Gillian Maness and Madison Liechty were the women's team's next two finishers. Maness clocked a time of 21:45.9 to take 67th and Liechty crossed the line in 22:10.7 to finish 89th. Anna French and Trisha Carlson completed MSU's scoring lineup. French took 101st overall in a time of 22:28.3 and Carlson followed in 103rd with a mark of 22:32.8. Kathleen Glockner (22:03.9) and Lexi Kyro (23:35.9) rounded out the team effort by finishing 119th and 125th, respectively.
New Mexico's Weini Kelati won the individual title, but BYU won the team championship with 70 points over the Lobos (83).
The Bobcat men's squad finished 10th in the 10k race for their highest regional showing since 2013.
Junior Collin Buck led MSU by taking 36th with a time of 31:36.6. Sophomores Duncan Hamilton (31:40.4) and Cooper West (32:05.6) were MSU's next two finishers, finishing 41st and 57th, respectively. Cameron Carroll placed 61st crossing the finish line in 32:20.4 and senior Ty Mogan (32:52.5) rounded out the Bobcat scoring lineup by placing 79th. Sophomores Braden Stremcha and Isaac Schmidt completed times of 33:00.8 and 33:10.9 to take 83rd and 87th overall.
Montana State's distance runners now look ahead to the start of the indoor track and field season which begins on Dec. 7 when MSU hosts the Bobcat Preview in Worthington Arena.