SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Neema Kimtai placed 32nd with a time of 20:23.7 to lead Washington State women’s cross country in the NCAA West Regional women’s 6k from Haggin Oaks Golf Course, while Brian Barsaiya finished 36th overall in the men’s 10k with a time of 30:01.9 to lead the way for the Cougars.
Kimtai finished with her best 6k time of the season to lead the Cougars while freshman Nicole Bissell notched a new career-best, finishing in 21:21.5 to take 113th overall. The Cougar women also placed 13th as a team as Nicole Bissell (21:21.5) and Maya Nichols (22:09.5) each clocked personal-best 6k times to begin the morning for Washington State.
Kevlin Limo finished with a 10K lifetime-best time of 30:06.1, placing 41st overall, and teammate Leif Swanson finished 67th overall in 30:40.3. The Cougar men finished with an average time of 30:53 as a team, while its five scoring runners placed 13th overall with a 2:17 gap between Barsaiya’s 30:01.9 and Aiden Emerson’s 32:18.0 in his first-career 10K race.
Washington State’s top finishers from Friday’s regionals will await potential at-large bids into the NCAA Championships in Charlottesville, Va., while the distance groups also look ahead to the 2023-24 Indoor Track & Field season. The Cougars will open the indoor track and field season on Sat., Dec. 9, with the Spokane Invitational at the The Podium in Spokane, Wash.
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NCAA Cross Country West Regional: WSU Results
Women’s 6k | Washington State: 13th overall (32-46-96-112-122-166-212)
– Neema Kimtai: 20:23.7, 32nd
– Caroline Jerotich: 20:36.6, 46th
– Alaina Stone Boggs: 21:08.6, 97th
– Nicole Bissell: 21:21.5, 113th
– Cristina Molteni: 21:33.5, 123rd
– Maya Nichols: 22:09.5, 168th
– Jaylyn Lehner: 23:00.5, 215th
Men’s 10k | Washington State: 13th overall (36-41-66-93-146-147-184)
– Brian Barsaiya: 30:01.9, 36th
– Kelvin Limo: 30:06.1, 41st
– Leif Swanson: 30:40.3, 67th
– Kyle Ortega-Gammill: 31:14.9, 94th
– Aiden Emerson: 32:18.0, 147th
– Grayson Wilcott: 32:20.5, 148th
– Jacob Easton: 33:49.2, 188th