No. 5 Western State slips past No. 2 Adams State by three points
The Grizzlies, tabbed second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason rankings, scored 31 points but were slightly out-dueled by No. 5 Western State, which took the win with 29 points thanks in large part to three top-10 finishes.
Notably, the Grizzlies were running without All-American Kelly Lamb and had three top-20 finishers compete unattached as head coach Damon Martin is still sorting out who may redshirt this season.
On Saturday, Western State's Tara Richardson held on to the individual win, completing the 5-kilometer course in 17:40.36, just over a second ahead of Grizzly senior Alicia Nelson, who took second in 17:41.68 to earn her fourth straight top-3 finish at the meet.
Meanwhile, Western's Sophie McNeely finished third in 17:46.80 while Grizzly sophomore Lauren Martin finished fourth in 18:02.65.
Western State's Anna Marshall was fifth in 18:11.07 while ASU junior Alyssa Selve, competing unattached, finished sixth in 18:16.16. Had Selve been running for the team, the Grizzlies would have claimed a 2-point win by a reverse 29-31 score.
Grizzly sophomore Jessie Brunett and newcomer Tracee Van der Wyk also cracked the top 10, finishing ninth and 10th in 18:31.16 and 18:37.88, respectively.
The other two top-10 finishers were Alamosa resident Angie Sandy, competing unattached, and West Texas A&M's Mirela Gaurner. They took seventh and eighth, respectively. Gaurner helped lead the Lady Buffs to a third place finish with 87 points.
Regis, ranked 29th nationally, took fourth with 122 points. Fort Lewis was fifth with 128 while Colorado Mesa took sixth with 146. Dine (N.M.) and Garden City (Kan.) Community College rounded out the team scores with 213 and 238 points.