HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College cross country teams take on their biggest challenge to date when they travel to Orange, Calif., for the Biola NAIA West Coast Jamboree, Saturday.
Sixteen teams compete in the meet, including six ranked women’s teams and five ranked men’s teams. The race is held at the Irvine Regional Park.
The Saints women are ranked ninth and the men are ranked 18th in the latest NAIA Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll which was released Wednesday.
David Thor leads the Saints men. In his last outing he placed third in the Montana Invitational, defeating the top runners from The University of Montana and Gonzaga.
Leah Esposito is the top runner on the women’s side. She was the top small school runner in each of the last two meets.
The meet is the only competition outside of Montana for the Saints prior to nationals and it is an opportunity to see how Carroll stacks up nationally.
HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College men’s cross country team jumped four spots in the weekly NAIA Cross Country Coaches Poll after a strong performance at the University of Montana Invitational.
David Thor took fourth overall at UM to lead the Saints to a higher finish than Division I Montana and No. 17 College of Idaho.
The Saints overtook C of I and moved from 19 to 15 in the rankings.
The Carroll women also performed well in Missoula. Leah Esposito earned Frontier Conference Runner of the Week honors for her ninth place finish at UM.
Despite the strong performance, the Saint women fell one spot from fifth to sixth.
The Saints run again on the weekend of Oct. 24-25. The top runners will head to Biola University (Calif.) for an elite event on Saturday, Oct. 25. The rest of the team runs at the University of Great Falls on Friday, Oct. 24.
HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College harrier Leah Esposito was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.
The sophomore from Helena, Mont., finished ninth out of 71 runners at the Montana Invitational with a time of 17:57 in the 5K. Esposito recorded the fastest time of the small schools participating.
MISSOULA, Mont. – David Thor took fourth overall and first in the small school division to lead the Carroll College cross country team to the small school championship and a victory over the University of Montana at the Montana Invitation at the University Golf Course in Missoula Saturday morning.
Thor was the highest finisher for the men and finished with an eight kilometer time of 25:19.73, ahead of the top finishers from Montana and Gonzaga.
Lyle Pocha also finished in the top ten with a time of 25:35.82, which was good enough for eighth place.
The Saints finished in fourth place overall with a cumulative place of 96; 23 places better than the College of Idaho and 27 places better than the Grizzlies.
The Carroll women were paced by Leah Esposito who finished in ninth place overall with a five kilometer time of 17:57.06. The time was the top time among the small schools competing.
The Saints took fifth overall with a cumulative place of 131.
Carroll next runs at the Great Falls Invitational on Oct. 24.
Coach David Morris
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