Cross Country Takes First Place At Montana State

Sept. 16, 2000

BOZEMAN, Mont. - - Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams both took first place at the Montana State Invitational Saturday morning.

Seniors Rebekah Thornley and Beka Leffler finished first and second, respectively for the second week in a row leading Utah State to its first place finish. The Aggies had three other runners finish in the top 20 as freshman Christi Howell placed ninth, junior Shae Messersmith finished 13th, and freshman Sharee Hatch ended up 18th.

"I'm excited about what we accomplished this weekend," said head coach Greg Gensel. " Our women's team was again lead by Rebekah and Beka, and I saw a lot of improvement from our three through seven runners."

On the men's side, junior Mitch Zundel led USU to the team title finishing second overall with a time of 25:51.45. Five other Aggie runners placed in the top 20 as juniors Jason Jones and Demetrio Cabanillas placed sixth and eighth, respectively and freshman Jesse Hodges finished 13th overall. Senior Brick Bergeson ran well enough to earn a 16th place finish and sophomore Steve Prescott rounded out USU's list of top 20 performers finishing 19th.

"Mitch ran exceptionally well today," said Gensel. "The men's team made a great improvement over the last time when they ran at Idaho State. They ran as a team and I was excited to see that they ran well together. I'm looking forward to going to Portland next week and running against some better teams."

USU will be in action again next weekend as they travel to Portland, Ore. Saturday, Sept. 23. The race will be hosted by the University of Portland and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Men's Individual Results
1. Lyle Weese, Montana State, 25:37.01
2. Mitch Zundel, Utah State, 25:51.45
3. Rob Marney, Black Hills State, 25:54.73
4. Mike McDaniel, Black Hills State, 25:55.47
5. Brandon Briggs, Idaho State, 25:58.18

USU Finishers 8. Demetrio Cabanillas, 26:07.41 11. Jesse Hodges, 26:10.44 16. Brick Bergeson, 26:34.59 19. Steve Prescott, 26:39.22 28. David Kunnas, 27:19.08 33. Travis Dean, 27:20.19 48. Ryan Achatz, 29:01.26

Women's Individual Results 1. Rebekah Thornley, Utah State, 17:27.76 2. Beka Leffler, Utah State, 17:41.10 3. Amy Norden, Montana State, 17:51.68 4. Erika Abrahamsen, Montana State, 17:56.17 5. Brandi Oliver, Idaho State, 18:01.85

USU Finishers 9. Christi Howell, 18:10.33 13. Shae Messersmith, 18:18.18 17. Sharee Hatch, 18:24.33 28. Carol Cabanillas, 18:42.91 29. Alycia Boyer, 18:45.54 34. Whitney Christiansen, 19:18.17 44. Amber Tubb, 19:48.02 45. Tara Dunn, 19:57.11 47. Jenni Bean, 20:07.10



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