The Cougar women’s cross-country team finished sixth with 132 points at the WCC Preview Cross-Country meet Saturday in Portland, Ore.
The team raced against some of the best teams on the West Coast, including Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount and Chico State. Gonzaga took first place at the meet and won the women’s team title with 29 points.
Individually, senior Caroline Austin stole the show by taking first place in the 6000 meter race, finishing with a time of 21 minutes, 3.97 seconds. This was Austin’s second consecutive cross-country win after winning the Clash of the Inland Northwest 4K race two weeks ago.
“It was a well laid-out race that played to my strengths, because I can break down a race that’s done in the loops better,” Austin said in a press release. “I felt strong and had some fun out there today.”
The second WSU woman cross-country runner to finish was freshman Emily Dwyer, running a 22:34 race. Coach Tim Riley said Dwyer ran admirably.
“Emily ran great today in the first 6K race for all of the freshmen,” Riley said. “They were a little nervous, but they all did really well.”
While still young, the WSU women’s cross-country team is starting to adjust to college long-distance running and improving each race. Their next race is Saturday at the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational hosted by Spokane Community College.
The Cougar women long distance runners have been successful in the past at the invitational, taking first place overall last year as a team.
The WSU men’s cross-country team did not compete in the Men’s WCC Preview Cross-Country meet, but will compete in the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational on Saturday.