ALAMOSA, Colo. — Lauren Kleppin led top-ranked Western State College to the team title by finishing first in the individual field this morning at the Joe I. Vigil Invitational hosted by Adams State College. The men finished second by a point behind the host Grizzlies.
Kleppin finished the five-kilometer course at Cattails Golf Course in 17:04, 13 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. The Mountaineers scored in the fifth through eighth positions, Sarah Lyle, Tara Richardson, Sophie McNeeley and Julianne Payton, to claim the team title by an 18-point margin against Adams State.
Ryan Haebe led the Mountaineer men and finished second among the collegiate finishers with 24:43 on the eight-kilometer course. Western State scored runners at second, third and fourth, and came within a point of team champion Adams State with a total of 28 points on the morning.
No. 2 Grand Valley State at Bulldog Invitational
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The defending national champions began its 2011 season traveling north to compete in the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Ferris State. The Lakers placed three runners in the top 14, paced by junior Ashley Botham’s 12th place finish in a time of 19:04.43.
Some of the usual suspects for the Lakers weren’t competing as the team sat nine women out in preparation for next weekend’s Spartan Invitational.
“Ashley ran a very strong race to lead our women,” head coach Jerry Baltes said of his top finisher. “This was a good opener for our squads. It was a great meet to shake the rust off and see where we are at.”
After Botham’s 12th place finish, it was junior Theresa Wolter following just behind in 13th with a time of 19:08.02. In 14th place was senior Kelly Crowley who finished with a time of 19:10.69. The Lakers also got solid performances from freshman Madie Rodts who finished 17th (19:14.59) and from sophomore Molly Slavens who placed 20th (19:24.15).
No. 3 Chico State at Humboldt State Invitational
TRINIDAD, Calif. — With five of the top-10 runners No. 3 Chico State rolled to a 41 point victory at the Humboldt State Invitational. Alia Gray (21:44.67) and Amy Schntigger (21:45.96) led the way finishing first and second respectively.
Katie Spencer (22:23.00), Shannon Rich (22:26.75), and Brooke Bergesen (22:28.69) finished five through eight to help seal the victory for the Wildcats. Chico State finished the meet with a score of 15 and the next closest team was Cal State Monterrey Bay with score of 56, follwed by host team Humboldt State with 88.
No. 4 Adams State at Joe Vigil Invitational
The weather could not be any better for the 18th Annual PUMA/Joe I. Vigil Open at the Cattail’s Golf Course in Alamosa as the Western State College Mountaineers won the team title with 27 points while the host Adams State Grizzlies were in second place with 45 points. Western State senior Lauren Kleppin won the individual title.
Colorado Mesa University took third place as they tallied 82 points to edge the Regis University Rangers by two points, as Regis had 84. Garden City Community College rounded out the team scorers with 148 points.
Adams State sophomore Kelly Lamb lead the way for the Grizzlies as she finished in second place with a time of 17:17. She was closely followed by teammate Alica Nelson who was clocked with a time of 17:18.
No. 5 Seawolves sweep Big Wave Invitational
KANE’OHE, Hawaii – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country running teams swept the University of Hawaii Big Wave Invitational Saturday to stay undefeated on the season. Recording individual victories for the Seawolves were seniors Ruth Keino and Yonatan Yilma.
The UAA women kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 19-point victory against BYU-Hawai’i (55) and the University of Hawai’i (64). HPU finished fourth, followed by Hawaii-Hilo and Chaminade.
Collecting her third consecutive win was Keino with a time of 18:38.32, defeating her nearest competitor, teammate Susan Tanui (18:50.05), by over 10 seconds. Junior Miriam Kipng’eno wrapped up the top three placings with a time of 18:50.53. Also scoring for UAA was sixth-place Susan Bick (19:06.57) and seventh-place Shoshana Keegan (19:15.22).