Running without upperclassmen and with only two collegiate races under their belts, the WSU freshmen women cross-country runners finished second to Gonzaga on Saturday at the Erik Anderson Invitational in Spokane.
The meet consisted of several community colleges and smaller schools, but also featured local competitors Whitworth, Central Washington University and the UI.
WSU freshman Emily Dwyer led the way for WSU once again, finishing as the top runner in the collegiate category. Dwyer finished 10th overall in the race with a time of 18 minutes and 43 seconds.
“Emily Dwyer ran a solid race, finishing in the top 10 and lowering her high school (personal record) by nearly a whole minute,” WSU Head Coach Tim Riley said at a press conference.
Abby Knight was the second WSU runner to finish, 19th overall. Knight also ran the second fastest collegiate time in the race at 18:52.
As a team, WSU finished in second place with 39 points, falling to Gonzaga, who won the race with 27 points.
Riley said he was very proud of his runners for stepping up to the challenge and being able to finish strong individually and as a team.
“I am continually impressed by how hard these women race,” Riley said. “For these freshmen to compete like this is a great sign for the future.”
Riley said has a better understanding of where his freshman runners are at and can use these results to help his young runners work on things before the team competes in the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational.
WSU’s upperclassmen women runners and the whole men’s cross country team did not compete in Saturday’s invitational in order to rest and be healthy for the next race at Notre Dame.
Their next will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame.