LOGAN, Utah — Caroline Hardin and Brandon Hough led the Montana State women’s and men’s cross country teams, respectively, as the Bobcats completed action at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course Friday, Nov. 10.
The Bobcat women’s team earned a 10th-place finish, four spots higher than the squad’s 2016 result, with 301 points. The MSU men’s team placed 12th for the second consecutive year by scoring 379 points. The MSU women finished as the second-best Big Sky school, while the men were the fourth-highest Big Sky finisher.
Hardin placed 28th overall in the women’s 6-kilometer race in a time of 20 minutes, 58.5 seconds. She crossed the line ahead of the next wave of MSU runners. Kelsi Lasota finished 58th (21:27.4) and Trisha Carlson was right behind her at the finish by two-tenths of a second.
Butte High graduate Joby Rosenleaf, a freshman, placed 75th with a time of 21:44.0 and Samantha Kelderman completed the MSU scoring lineup by taking 81st overall (21:49.2). Anna French (22:08.0) and Madison Liechty (22:51.0) also competed for the Bobcats at the regional meet.
Hough made his first appearance at the regional meet as a Bobcat and finished 36th overall in the men’s 10K race with a time of 31:21.0. Collin Buck placed 60th in his regional debut by crossing the line in 32:04.1 and Anthony Schmalz finished 84th with a time of 32:41.5.
Rounding out the Bobcat scoring lineup were Riley Collins (32:59.4) and Andrew Vandine (33:35.1). Gannon Chamberlain also competed for the ‘Cats and finished in a time of 34:00.2.
The Bobcats competed in their final meet of the 2017 season with the conclusion of the Mountain Region Championships. The remaining DI cross country teams that advanced will race in the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 18.
— MSU Sports Information