Eastern Men Place Third at Montana Invitational

Bruised and beaten Eagle men pull through for an impressive finish in Missoula

Kyle King of the Eastern Washington University men's cross country team paced the Eagles to a third-place finish at the Montana Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 2) in Missoula, Mont. 

With only five men competing for the Eagles, they were still able to place third, overall – ahead of Big Sky Conference opponents Idaho State and Montana. 

"The men's team has been amazing this year," said head coach Chris Zeller. " The fact that they are out there competing and placing, when almost all of them have been either sick or injured, is really a testament of what kind of men they are." 

Junior King placed seventh overall, clocking a time of 25:20. Senior Bowe Ebding finished close behind King, placing 11th, with a time of 25:20. 

Other finishers on the men's team were junior Cody Barton (26:07), sophomore Simon Sorenson (26:31) and freshman Connor Williams (26:35). 

The men of Montana State claimed the title, scoring 21 points, followed by College of Idaho (82), Eastern Washington (86), Gonzaga (91), Idaho State (109), Montana (126), Carroll College (209) and Flathead Valley (245). 

The Lady Eagles placed eighth at the meet, led by senior standout Amy Kolin, who placed eighth overall, setting a time of 18:21 on the 5k course.

"Some of top girls in the conference ran today," said Zeller. "It was good for Amy to see where she fit in and be able to base some goals from her performance." 

Trailing Kolin were Stephanie Dye (19:37), Monica Jaenicke (19:52), Micaela Rasmussen (20:42), Kimberly Macias (20:42), Danielle Raschko (20:51), Megan Inman (20:57), Jessi Johnson (21:43), Sarah Alvick (22:42) and Senaida Monroy (22:42). 

"I really think the girls could have ran better today," said Zeller. "I don't think they know what they are capable of yet."

The Grizzles of Montana placed first overall on the women's side, scoring 33 points followed by Washington State (49), Idaho State (73), Gonzaga (101), Montana State (126), College of Idaho (160), Carroll College (183) and Eastern Washington (203). 

The Eagles will take next weekend off before they host the Inland Northwest Cross Country Classic on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.

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