The Washington State University Cross Country team laced up their running shoes for the first time this season in Spokane on Saturday.
Competing in the 2013 Clash of the Inland Northwest meet, WSU had a strong showing on both the men's and women's sides.
"I was happy with the day overall," WSU Cross Country Coach Tim Riley said in an interview with the media after the race.
WSUCougars.com reported that in this dual meet team scoring, the Cougar men's team defeated Eastern Washington (15-41) and Idaho (15-40). However, the WSU men fell to Gonzaga by a closer score of 26-29.
"I was a little disappointed on the men's side, as I thought we had a good chance to beat Gonzaga without Todd Wakefield and Drew Jordan, but hats off to the Zags as they looked good today," Riley said.
WSU junior Lee George finished in fifth place in the men's 6000-meter race with a time of 18 minutes and 29 seconds, which was the top finish on the WSU men's team. WSUCougars.com reports that the WSU men took seventh through 10th place as well.
The overall individual winner of the men's 6000-meter race was Sam Atkin, who competed for Lewis-Clark State and ran a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.
On the women's side of the race, WSU defeated Eastern Washington by a score of 25-32, but lost to Idaho (24-33) and Gonzaga (18-42).
"The women ran great for this time of year, and when you throw Ruby Roberts in the mix we would have scored much better than last year," Riley said.
The top Cougar woman to finish the 4000-meter race was senior Courtney Zalud, who finished in eighth place overall with a time of 14.47 seconds.
Idaho's Halie Raudenbush won the women's 4000-meter race with a time of 14 minutes and 20 seconds.
The next WSU cross country race will be on Sept. 14 at the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle.