Men and women both finish eighth at Big Sky Championship
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Northern Colorado men's and women's cross country teams both finished eighth at the Big Sky Conference Championship hosted by Idaho State on Saturday.
The men's team scored 224 points, while the women tallied 215. Northern Arizona won the men's title with 26 points behind the strength of individual champion Diego Estrada (24:15.43), while Weber State scored 40 to win the women's crown. The Wildcats also boasted the individual champion as Amber Henry won in 17:30.50.
As he's done most of the season, sophomore John McCarthy led the men's team, finishing the 8-kilometer course in 27:21.09 for 38th. Freshman Evan Bekes was just 0.5 seconds behind him for 39th place in 27:21.59. Sophomores Kyle Kusmik and Cameron McQueen also finished back-to-back in 47th and 48th, finishing just 0.10 apart in 28:04.92 and 28:05.02, respectively. Freshman Alex Holm rounded out the scoring, placing 52nd in 28:48.76. Sophomore Derek Schneider also competed, clocking a 29:27.20 for 56th place.
Freshman Ashley Atkin paced the women's team, finishing 35th overall with her time of 19:58.33 in the 5-kilometer race. Sophomore Nicole O'Dwyer placed 39th in 20:08.11, while senior Sari Little took 44th place after crossing the finish line in 20:30.46. Freshman Tanelle Berard took 46th position in 20:35.07, while senior Nikki Larson was 51st in 20:47.50. Freshman Cara Feldman finished just out of the team scoring after running a 21:43.69 to place 57th.