Cougars meet up with nationally-ranked distance programs at Joe Piane Invitational

Cougars meet up with nationally-ranked distance programs at Joe Piane Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Washington State men’s and women’s cross country teams continued its their fall seasons on the road Friday, finishing ninth (19-22-37-63-102, 243 pts) and 10th (12-19-70-79-84, 264 pts), respectively, at the Joe Piane Invitational.

Neema Kimtai (16:57.0, 19th) and Caroline Jerotich (17:03.1, 22nd) led the way for the Cougar women while Cristina Molteni followed closely behind at 17:23.4 to place 37th overall.

Off of the second gun of the morning from the University of Notre Dame’s Burke Golf Course, Brian Barsaiya (23:44.6, 12th) and Kelvin Limo (23:55.9, 19th) ran with the front of the men’s blue 5-mile field to lead the WSU men.  Barsaiya finished just 36.3 seconds off of the lead pace while Limo spent the majority of the race in the top-15 of the men’s field.

The women’s first-year group of Nicole Bissell (17:50.0), Bela Alvarado (18:48.3), Jaylyn Lehner (19:10.5), and Hanna Bailey (19:53.8) each gained valuable early-season experience in their first fall of collegiate cross country. Bissell led the way among the Cougar freshman, moving up three spots during her race and finishing with a 3:34.5 split and 64th-overall finish in the women’s 5k.

Up Next:

Back in the Pacific Northwest, Washington State will be sending a group of 10 student-athletes to compete tomorrow at the Whitman College Open from Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla, Wash.  The Whitman Open will begin Saturday with the men’s 8k at 10:45 a.m., followed by the women’s 6k at 11:30 a.m.

Washington State will take another one-week break from competition as it continues to train towards longer postseason races.  The Cougars will get a first look at the 2023 NCAA Championships location on Oct. 14, at the NCAA Pre-Nationals from Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va.  WSU will also send runners to the LC State Invitational on Oct. 14, in Lewiston, Idaho.

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WSU Results:
Women’s Blue 5,000m |  WSU: 19-22-37-63-102 (243 pts, 9th overall)

– Nicole Bissell: 17:50.2, 64th (+1:44.3)
– Isabela Alvarado: 18:48.3, 118th (+2:42.4)

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