Montana cross country trails behind rival Montana State

Jordan Collison

Jordan Collison

Sept. 28, 2012

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The Montana Invitational at the UM Golf Course didn't quite pan out for the home team like the Grizzlies had hoped on Friday evening. Rival Montana State swept the meet, taking home first place in both team score and individual finishers in both the men's and women's races.

The men's team finished in second place behind the obviously dominant Montana State Bobcats. The Cats went one through seven to take home the meet title. Cristian Soratos finished the 8k course in 25:04.9. He took first for Bozeman.

Junior Jordan Collison led the Montana pack. He finished in 26:23.2 for ninth place.

"I felt like I tightened up the last two miles," said Collison. "I felt really good from mile two to mile three. Coming off the back stretch through the long grass, I kind of tightened up and that's where it went downhill, but I managed to hold it together alright."

Junior Caleb Deitz finished right behind Collison with a time of 26:29.3.

North Dakota came in third followed by Eastern Washington in fourth.

The women's team also fell to Montana State and came in third behind the first-place Bobcats and second-place North Dakota. Eastern Washington came in fourth.

Heather Demorest from Bozeman finished first in 17:44.5. Lindsay Anderson from North Dakota took second in 18:13.1, and then Montana State came in third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

Sophomore Carly Wilczynski ran the 5k course in 18:39.8 to finish in seventh and lead the Montana women's team. She was closely followed by sophomore teammate Allie Parks, who came in ninth.

"I feel like I raced better than I have been racing, but I try to think of it as another building block to getting to conference," said Wilczynski. "I felt really good in the first mile. I went through in 5:40, which is pretty quick. We didn't really have any time expectations. We went by feel and what was going to feel good throughout the race."

Head coach Courtney Babcock saw improvement from the last meet, which was in Bozeman last weekend, but says there is room for the team to continue to step up their performances as the runners head down the final stretch of the season towards the Big Sky Conference Championship meet.

"We are trying to get better each meet so that we peak at conference," said Babcock. "We do only have one more meet. Carly and Allie got out better. They were right there until that last 600 and that's where we get sharp. We will get sharper closer to conference. And with the guys, the whole pack got out really well. There are some recurring side aches we need to work on. I think we all just need to get on the same page. We had different guys doing well on different days. So if everyone gets up there on the same day, we will be good."

The team now looks forward to traveling Oct. 13 to Lewiston, Idaho, for the Inland Empire Classic. This will be the last meet before the Big Sky Conference Championship in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Oct. 27.



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