Whitney Henderson, Holly Keeper, and Hannah Pensack-Rinehart
Nov. 9, 2012
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the NCAA Cross Country Mountain Regional Friday at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins. The CSU women took fifth place in the 20-team field, topped by team title winner Weber State. The men finished ninth in the 18-team field, which was topped by team title winner Northern Arizona. Junior women’s runner Whitney Henderson took 20th place overall with a time of 21 minutes and 10 seconds for the 6,000 meter race, the top time for the women’s squad. Following her were Holly Keeper (21:18.0), Sarah Heuer (21:30.5), Kaitlin Hanenburg (21:40.9), and Jennifer Tavé (21:55.2). The pack split for the women was just 45.2 seconds, a significant improvement from previous races. Sophomore men’s runner Andrew Goodman took 43rd place in the 10,000 meter race, finishing with a time of 31:30.2 to lead the CSU men. Senior Andrew Lesser finished right behind Goodman in 45th with a time of 31:31.5, and freshman Jacob Morgan clocked in at 31:48.0 for the third best time on the men’s squad. Rounding out the Rams’ top five men’s finishers were Alex Balsiger (31:53.0) and Christian Meyer (32:08.8). UTEP senior Risper Kimaiyo took home the women’s individual title with a time of 20:10.8, while Texas Tech junior Kennedy Kithuka won the men’s individual title with a time of 29:36.8. Following are individual team capsules from the regional.
The men’s team took sixth place while the women’s team came in 11th. Matt Bell led the men with a time of 31:12.0 and a 36th place finish. He was followed by Jeremy Drenckhahn, who finished in 37th place with a time of 31:19.6. Jennifer Bremser led the women with a 32 place finish and a time of 21:29.4, while Morgan Mosby came in 49th with a time of 21:49.3.
Brigham Young University
The men finished in second place with two top-ten finishers, Jared Ward (30:06.3) and Tylor Thatcher (30:17.3). The women took seventh, led by Natalie Shields (21:04.1) and Lindsey Sowards-Nielson (21:18.0) who took the 14th and 25th places.
University of Colorado
Both men and women finished in third place in team competition. The women were led by second place finisher Shalaya Kipp, who finished in 20:18.1. Carrie Verdon took seventh with a time of 20:42.1. The men had the sixth and seventh place finishers, Jake Hurysz (30:13.2) and Martin Medina (30:14.0).
Idaho State University
The women finished 12th and the men 16th in team competition. Leading the women were 35th place finisher Chloe Palakovich (21:32.3) and Kylie Hutchison (21:56.3). Leading the way for the men were Bryce Jenkins (31:30.1) and Ray Miller (33:18.8).
University of Montana
The women finished 19th as a team, led by Carly Wilczynski (22:40.4) and Allie Parks (23:02.1). The men finished 17th in team competition, led by David Norris (32:54.1) and Mark Messmer (33:11.0).
Montana State University
The women finished 15th and the men 12th in team competition. Leading the way for the women were 37th place finisher Heather Demorest (21:35.7) and Megan Beam (22:27.2). The men’s team featured the 38th place runner, Michael Asay, who finished in 31:24.9. Jacob Kirk finished 40th with a time of 31:27.8.
University of Nevada
The women’s team finished 13th, led by 36th place finisher Samantha Diaz, who finished with a time of 21:33.5. Demerey Kirsch (21:46.2) took 47th while Emily Myers came in 75th with a time of 22:31.7.
University of New Mexico
The women took second place while the men finished in fourth place. The women had two top-ten finishers, Josephine Moultrie (5th, 20:25.1) and Charlotte Arter (10th, 20:54.3). Luke Caldwell (30:21.9) took 12th and Pat Zacharias (30:36.0) took 18th for the men.
New Mexico State University
The men finished in 15th place while the women took 16th place. Kevin Palmer led the men with a time of 32:10.7. He was followed by Jonah Ruybalid, who finished in 32:11.9. Leading the women were Courtney and Camille Schultz, who finished in 20:26.6 and 21:10.4, respectively.
Northern Arizona University
The men won the team title under the wings of fourth place finisher Futsum Zienasellassie (30:06.8) and fifth place finisher Brian Shrader (30:09.5). The women took eighth place, led by ninth place finisher Rochelle Kanuho (20:49.1) and Agnes Laurent (21:37.3).
University of Northern Colorado
The men and women both took 18th place in team competition. Leading the men were Evan Bekes (33:55.9) and John McCarthy (34:00.5). Leading the way for the women were 23rd place finisher Rikki Gonzales (21:11.9) and McKayla Grey (23:22.4).
Southern Utah University
The women took fourth place while the men took eighth place in team competition. The women were led by Jamie Smith (20:56.1) and Kirsten Bradford (21:05.6). Leading the way for the men were Nate Jewkes (30:16.2) and Ryan Barrus (31:25.7).
University of Texas-El Paso
The women finished 17th despite Risper Kimaiyo’s individual title. Kimaiyo finished the 6,000 meter course in a time of 20:10.8. The men had the second place finisher, Anthony Rotich (29:55.9) but finished in 10th place as a team.
Texas Tech University
The men finished 11th despite Kennedy Kithuka’s individual title. Kithuka ran the 10,000 meter course in a time of 29:36.8, finishing almost 20 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The women’s team finished 20th, led by Rachel Folan (23:07.6) and Madeline Livergood (23:22.7).
University of Utah
The women finished in sixth place as a team, led by fourth place finisher Amanda Mergaert, who finished in 20 minutes, 18.7 seconds. Giselle Slotboom took 12th with a time of 20:57.5 while Susannah Hurst took 29th with a time of 21:23.8.
Utah State University
The women finished in 10th place while the men took 14th. Leading the way for the women were Alex Litzsinger (21:08.4) and Tylee Newman (22:13.4). The men were led by Kyle McKenna (30:53.1) and Eric Shellhorn (31:31.3).
Utah Valley University
The women took ninth place and the men took seventh place in team competition. Leading the men were Josh McCabe (30:21.4) and Cliff Nielson (30:31.9). The women were led by Darian Sharp (21:24.5) and Krystal Harper (21:42.6).
Weber State University
The women came away with the team title while the men finished in fifth place. Leading WSU to victory were third place finisher Amber Henry (20:18.4) and eighth place finisher Sarah Callister (20:45.1). The men were led by John Coyle (30:33.0) and Jason Nance (30:58.6).
University of Wyoming
The men finished 13th while the women took 14th. Leading the men were 29th place finisher Garrett Zans (31:00.2) and Aaron Derner (31:38.7). Leading the way for the women were 28th place finisher Holly Page (21:21.2) and Devon England (22:02.7).
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