Eastern men finish fifth while the women place ninth in Greeley, Colo.
Kyle King and Alex Smyth finished in the top 25 as the Eastern Washington University cross country team competed Saturday (Oct. 31) at the Big Sky Conference Championships in Greeley, Colo.
Eastern's men finished fifth with144 points as Northern Arizona (19 points) defended their title followed by Montana State (68). The Eagle women finished ninth with 276 points, with Northern Arizona (28) winning the championship and Weber State placing second (64).
In the men's 8,000-meter race, King finished 18th out of 65 runners with a time of 26:51.7. He was followed by Smyth, who was 23rd with a time of 26:58.5. In 2008, King was 15th with a time of 24:34.1 and Smyth was sixth with a time of 23:47.6 after placing 13th in 2007.
Other placers for the Eagle men included Graham Vaux (29th, 27:11.7), Simon Sorensen (39th, 27:57.2), Cody Barton (41st, 28:03.1), Jordan Curnutt (48th, 28:22.6) and Cody Bradwell (51st, 28:24.9).
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Stephanie Dye finished 44th with a time of 21:49.9. She was followed by teammates Brittney Williams (56th, 22:27.3), Ari Rios (59th, 22:39.5), Lauren Matthews (61st, 23:02.5), Kelly Downey (63rd, 23:29.0), Sarah Alvick (65th, 23:56.1) and Jessi Johnson (67th, 24:58.0).
Eastern's men's and women's teams continue their seasons on Nov. 14 at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore.