Cross Country takes on tough field at UCCS Rust-Buster Open
Northern Colorado's men's and women's cross country teams continued their fall seasons Saturday at the UCCS Rust-Buster Open at Monument Valley Park.
The Bears' women all posted personal-best times for a 4-kilometer race, and sophomore Cameron McQueen paced the Bears in the men's 6K event.
Nikki Larson was the first Northern Colorado women's runner to cross the finish line, ending in 16 minutes, 14.52 seconds for 41st place overall. Sammi Pitchford was right behind (50th) in 16:35.65.
Freshman Leah Anderson (52nd) ended in 16:41.82, freshmen Cara Feldman (60th) came in in 16:57.59, and freshman Amanda Cunningham ended in 17:05.35.
Sophomore Haley Hughes (66th, 17:17.81), freshman Darion Roque (72nd, 17:39.40) and freshman Stephanie Clark (74th, 17:56.27) rounded out the Northern Colorado women's team.
Colorado State's Hannah Pensack-Rinehart won the women's race in 14:23.78.
McQueen completed the men's course in 20:33.65 for 75th place in that race, and John McCarthy (77th) ended in 20:37.44.
Sophomore Kyle Kusmik (97th, 21:18.28), freshman Alex Holm (99th, 21:21.36), sophomore Derek Schneider (111th, 22:13.43) and freshman John Cusick (115th, 22:36.60) also competed for the Bears.
The Air Force Academy's Jim Walmsley won the men's race in 18:30.72.
Both Northern Colorado cross country teams will return to Colorado Springs next Saturday to compete in the Colorado College Invitational.