BOZEMAN, Mont. – The seventh ranked Carroll College women’s cross country team won and the No. 22 Carroll men’s team took second in the small school division of the Montana State University Invitational on Saturday morning in Bozeman.
Leah Esposito led the Carroll women, taking second in the small school division with a time of 18:19. Megan Mullaney finished fourth with a time of 18:30.
“This was one of Megan’s best races as a Saint,” Cross Country coach David Morris Said. “Running without Rhianna Grossman, out with a minor injury, we needed others to step up. Along with Megan, Sandy Torres, Regan Bold, and freshman Maggie Mitzel had excellent performances for the team.”
The Saints finished with an overall time 1:33:29 was over two minutes faster than last year.
The Carroll men finished second to MSU-Billings in the small school division, three points behind MSU-Billings.
David Thor took second with a five-mile time of 26:13.
“David ran a great race,” Morris said. “He looked really good. He is rounding into form and should keep getting better as the season progresses.”
The men’s team also improved on their time from a season ago, finishing with a time of 2:15:29, four minutes faster than last year.
The Saints compete in the Montana Invitational on Oct. 4 at the University Golf Course in Missoula.
By Curt Syness, Helena IR
Carroll College sophomore Leah Esposito led the Saints women to the Carroll Early Bird Cross Country team championship on Friday. Esposito, a 2013 NAIA All-American after a seventh-place finish, won the 4K race at Bill Roberts Golf Course in a time of 14 minutes, 42.05 seconds.
Carroll, which placed five athletes in the Top 9, scored 29 points as a team, edging runner-up MSU Billings at 33, by four points.
In the men's race, MSU Billings copped the team title with 26 points, while sweeping the top three individual places. Robert Peterson won the title, running the 6K course in 18:52.07. Carroll tied for second with Spokane CC at 51 points apiece. David Thor was the Hilltop's top finisher, taking fourth at 19:35.39.
By Troy Shockley, Helena IR
The Saints are starting the season as a bit of a target -- and they're just fine with that. The Carroll College cross country teams will open their fall schedule by hosting the Early Bird Invite on Friday at Bill Roberts Golf Course. Carroll is also hosting a high school meet, which will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. The college meet will follow, at 10:50.
"It's a busy week for us, putting on the meet," coach David Morris said. "I think last year, being my first year, was kind of crazy. It's a little better this year, but it's still a busy week. Still, we're all really excited to go into the season with who we have on the team this year."
With a large stable of returners, the Carroll women start the year ranked sixth in the nation. Leading the Saints will be fifth-year senior Rhianna Grossman.
Six members of the Carroll men’s cross country team and three from the women’s team were named to the Frontier Conference’s All-Academic team.
The six Fighting Saints men selected were seniors Dennis Leigh (civil engineering), Lyle Pocha (chemistry), Troy Solly (civil engineering), junior Kyle Willis (secondary education-mathematics) and sophomores Connor Garcia (communications) and Alex Ramm-Hutchison (biology). From the women’s team, senior Rhianna Grossman (education) and juniors Regan Bold (health cciences) and Hannah Hafner (biology) were selected All-Academic Frontier Conference.
To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters.
The Carroll College women’s cross country team qualified for the NAIA national meet, and the men’s team placed two individuals in the field for nationals.
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