Last Saturday brought perfect running weather for the men’s and women’s cross country teams competing in the Big Sky Conference Championships at Bridger Creek Golf Course. The Bobcats hosted the Conference meet this year, which gave them the extra motivation to perform well.
The women’s team performed excellently, taking third. The scoring for each team is based off the places of the top five finishers. Senior Heather Demorest placed second overall, winning All-Conference honors and placing the highest individually for the Bobcats since the 1994 Conference meet.
Other MSU finishers were Rachel Atwood in 14th place, Christie Schiel in 20th place, Jenette Northey in 29th place and Rachel Sullivan in 36th place, there were 84 runners in the women’s competition.
Head Coach Dale Kennedy reflected on their performance, saying, “The rest of the pack really pushed at the end of the race to get in there and do their part for the team.” The results displayed this push as they found themselves third out of 11 teams.
The men’s side also finished third with senior Trevor Polson placing ninth and receiving All-Conference Honors. Behind him finished Seth Garbett, Cristian Soratos and Jacob Kirk in 16th, 18th and 19th, respectively. Zachary Kughn was the 5th finisher for the Bobcats in 29th place, there were 76 runners in the men’s competition.
Kennedy said the men’s team has been battling fall illnesses. Despite their health troubles, he was happy with their performance. With a third place finish under their belt, they are already looking forward to their regional meet in two weeks.
[pullquote align=”right”]The rest of the pack really pushed at the end of the race to get in there and do their part for the team.” — Head Coach Dale Kennedy[/pullquote]
Both teams showed their strength in this meet and are hungry to do the same at regionals. Weber State will host regionals on Nov. 15 in Ogden, Utah. Until then, the team will refuel their bodies and minds to prepare themselves for another outstanding performance.