Idaho cross-country took another step forward Friday at the NCAA West Region Cross-Country Championships with the women finishing in 14th overall. The men improved from a 21st place finish last season to 12th, the second-best finish in program history. With this performance, the men’s squad is now nationally ranked. “I thought it was a great day for the Vandals,” said Director of Track and Field/Cross-Country Tim Cawley said in a news release. “Both teams came out and ran strong, ran well as a team. I couldn’t be more-proud of both teams. Travis has done a great job of getting these teams ready and in the right position to peak at the right time of the year. The program’s moving forward.” The men’s squad finished in the top half of the competition with a 12th place finish against 30 teams, better than three fellow Big Sky competitors.
The women came in 14th against 36 teams, ahead of all three Big Sky teams.
Redshirt senior Tim Delcourt came out on top for the men, completing the 10k course in 30:41.6 to take 51st overall.
Sophomores Dwain Stucker and Grayson Ollar both ran well for the Vandals. Stucker came in 60th with a time of 30:50.2. Ollar took 67th overall with a 31:01.1.
Sophomore Drew Schultz finished in 75th with a 31:07.8. Sophomore Fabian Cardenas rounded out the scorers for Idaho with a finish in 94th with a time of 31:26.0.
“The men’s side did incredible, moving from 21st last year all the way up to 12th this year,” Cawley said. “It was just a fantastic performance, hung in there, ran really well as a team and fought all the way to the finish. Tim Delcourt the end there, to finish his career as the top Vandal, running a beautiful race. The women’s side ran fantastic as well. They gave it everything they had. They ran really solid, fought all the way through the finish.”
On the women’s side, junior Andrea Condie led the pack once again. Condie completed the 6k course with a time of 20:44.6 to claim 45th place.
Juniors Kara and Krista Story came up next for Idaho in 71st with a 21:07.5 and 72nd with a 21:07.6, respectively.
Sophomore Maizy Brewer and redshirt junior Sierra Speiker were Idaho’s final scorers. Brewer came in at 87th with a time of 21:25.7 and Speiker in 121st with a 21:54.7.
Idaho will take a few months off before hitting the track for indoor track season beginning with the Vandal Invitational and Multi Events Jan. 12 in the Kibbie- ASUI Activity Center.
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