LEWISTON, Idaho — Montana Tech’s Becca Richtman ran to third place at the Inland Empire Championships Saturday.
Richtman finished the 5-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 17 seconds to finish as the top NAIA runner.
Rocky Mountain College runner Sydney Little Light took second among NAIA women with a time of 17:51, which was good for ninth place overall.
The No. 18-ranked lead all NAIA women’s team in the event that included 14 teams with scores.
Idaho won with 19 points. Gonzaga placed second at 92, and Boise State finished third at 97. After Southern Idaho at 157, Tech placed fifth at 171. The Orediggers beat sixth-place Carroll College by five points. Rocky placed seventh at 186.
Butte High graduate Hailey Nielson placed 30th for the Orediggers in 18:33. Averi Parker placed 37th in 18:48.
Also running for tech were Lexi Ladoux (19:24), Carlin Manning (19:51), Madison Kelly (20:27), Abby Hoffman (20:28), Karolyna Buck (20:39), Alissa Hashley (21:29) and Payton Huss (22:17).
Gonzaga won the men’s title with 35 points. Idaho took second at 42, and Lewis-Clark State finished third at 98. Montana Tech scored 315 to finish 12th out of 16.
Idaho’s Tim Stevens won the 8-kilometer race in 24:19. Jaxon Mackie of Gonzage was second in 24:24, followed by Shea Mattson of Idaho in 24:25.
River Shepard led the Orediggers, finishing in 26:24. Connor Aikins ran in 27:13, and Justin Morgan finished in 27:14.
Also running for Tech were Trystan Brewer (27:17), Jon Hansen (28:21), Ethan Nelson (29:30) and Brendan Hessel (29:38).
Next up for Montana Tech is the Nov. 5 Frontier Conference Championship in Dillon.