Tech’s Richtman runs to fourth at NAIA Nationals

Tech’s Richtman runs to fourth at NAIA Nationals
Montana Tech's Becca Richtman approaches the finish line of the Wulfman Continental Divide Trail Race June 19 at Homestake Pass. (Butte Sports file photo)

Butte High grad Hailey Nielson places 55th in field of 338

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Montana Tech senior Becca Richtman posted a fourth-place finish today at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.

Richtman’s run highlighted a strong day for the Oredigger women’s team, which placed 11th out of 36 teams. The Orediggers scored 417 points with an average time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. (Results)

Carroll College placed 16th with 467 points and an average time of 19:48. Milligan won the team title with 122 points and an 18:48 average.

Richtman finished the race in 18:23. Alyssa Bearzi of Milligan won in 18:14. She was followed by Sydney Little Light of Rocky Mountain College in 18:16 and Breanna Alderton of Brescia in 18:22.

Tech freshman Hailey Nielson, a Butte High graduate, finished in 19:15 to place 55th in a field of 338 runners. Oredigger sophomore Averi Parker finished in 19:40 to place 103rd.

Also running for the Orediggers were Carlin Manning (20:07), Lexi LaDoux (20:50), Karolyna Buck (20:47) and Madison Kelly (21:09).

Montana Tech’s cross country program is in its second year of existence. Zach Kughn is the head coach.

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