The MSU Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in the Mountain Region Championships in Logan, Utah on Nov. 10. In this meet, the team had a chance to quality for the NCAA Division I championships. For their final meet of the season, the women’s team finished in 10th place, four places higher than the year prior, while the men’s team finished 12th place out of the 19 total teams.
Leading the way for the women was senior Caroline Hardin, who placed 29th out of 133 runners and achieved a time of 20 minutes, 58 seconds in her final race with MSU. Behind her, junior Kelsi Lasota placed 58th at 21 minutes, 27 seconds. Just two milliseconds after, freshman Patricia Carlson finished 59th alongside her teammate.
Freshman Brandon Hough led the men’s team, placing 36th out of 121 runners at 31 minutes, 21 seconds. Freshman Collin Buck finished not far behind with a time of 32 minutes, 4 seconds, placing 60th. At 84th and 93rd, junior Anthony Schmalz ran 32 minutes, 41 seconds and freshman Riley Collins ran 32 minutes, 59 seconds.
The Mountain Region Championships signified the end of the Bobcat Cross Country teams’ 2017 season. The teams which qualified from the meet were Northern Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Southern Utah and Utah State. These teams will compete in the NCAA Championships in Louisville, KY on Nov. 18.