Rocky men place 25th in NAIA cross country

2013-11-23T14:19:00Z 2013-11-24T00:32:04Z Rocky men place 25th in NAIA cross countryGazette staff The Billings Gazette
November 23, 2013 2:19 pm  • 

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Rocky Mountain College's men placed 25th in the team standings Saturday at the NAIA national cross country championships at Rim Rock Farm.

The No. 21-ranked Battlin' Bears were led by senior Noah Kiprono, who finished 100th in the field of 313 runners. He completed the hilly eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 54.12 seconds.

Oklahoma City captured its first men's team title, with Southern Oregon University placing second in the 32-school field. Lewis-Clark State of the Frontier Conference was ninth.

Eric Avila of Southern Oregon was the individual champion at 24:02.45. L-C State's Sam Atkin was the runner-up at 24:21.49.

Besides Kiprono, Rocky's Kyle Olson was 104th (25:55.88), Shawn Peden 110th (26:00.94), Fred Petsch 221st (26:56.58), Cole Berry 249th (27:21.10), Johnny Barnes 282nd (28:00.77) and Beau Mulvaney 285th (28:06.43).

In addition to the men's team, Rocky's had two seniors -- Ana Richter and Megan Breeding -- running as individuals in the women's race.

Richter placed 71st out of 319 runners with her time of 19:02.70 over the five-kilometer course. Breeding placed 197th at 20:04.19.

British Columbia won the women's team championship for the second consecutive year, followed by College of Idaho. L-C State's women were fourth out of 32 teams and Carroll placed 11th.

Hillary Holt of College of Idaho was the individual winner at 16:48.13. Carroll College's Leah Esposito was seventh at 18:05.52.





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