Western Montana Thursday / Friday Sports Roundup: Montana Men’s Cross Country Team Place 7th at Big Sky Meet | Sports
The Montana the men, led by 33rd place from Joel Mendez, placed seventh on Friday at the Big Sky Conference Championships at the Meriwether Golf Course in Hillsboro, Oregon. This is the Grizzlies’ best individual result since 2017 and their best team result since 2015.
Only Mendez, who completed the eight kilometer course in 24:51, Ben Vanderbosch (38th, 25:01) and Jordan Hansen (39th, 25:01) were able to finish in the top 40. No other Grizzly has beaten the top 50. “That wasn’t the direction we wanted to go after our top three,” said coach Clint May. “There were some guys at the back who were a bit disappointed that they couldn’t move in the second half of the race. It was just kind of a dull day for some of the guys.
Maxwell Scott of Montana (53rd, 25:39), Truman Cowan (56th, 25:45) and AJ Eckmann (59th, 25:54) were in the top 60. Northern Arizona, the top ranked team in the country, s ‘ran away with the team title with 30 points. Southern Utah (53), Montana State (80), Weber State (89) and Idaho (137) round out the top five. Logging subclasses Drew Bosley and Nico Young finished first and second.
The Montana women’s team finished 10th of 11, with just two runners, Beatrix Frissell and Olivia Lackland Henry, placing in the top 70 of the 82 athletes. Frissell finished 37th, covering the five kilometer course in 17:43. Lackland Henry was 40th in 17:49. Led by champion Taryn O’Neill, a junior from northern Arizona, the top five, all upper classes, all broke at 4:40 pm.
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