Two Cougars set course records over weekend

Cross country returns home after meets in Spokane, Madison



Redshirt senior Natalie Ackerley runs in the WSU Open on Aug. 30 at the Colfax Golf Course in Colfax, Washington.

SHAYNE TAYLOR, Evergreen reporter

The WSU men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at two invitationals and set two course records on Friday.

The Sasquatch Invite was held in Spokane, Washington. The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational was held in Madison, Wisconsin.

The WSU women’s program scored 34 points to finish second overall at the Sasquatch Invite.

Redshirt senior Natalie Ackerley finished first overall in the meet and set a Downriver Golf Course record with her time of 18:03.9.

Junior Jacob Nicholson set a course record too when he finished first overall with a time of 24:46.3.

At the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invite, WSU’s women’s program finished 34th overall, scoring 847 points. Sophomore Zorana Grujic placed 110th overall with a time of 21:21.4 to lead the Cougars.

Arkansas women’s team finished in first place with 62 total points. Stanford placed second with 98 points. North Carolina State finished third with 203 points overall.

The WSU men’s team finished 30th overall on Friday with a total of 717 points.

Sophomore Amir Ado led the way for the men’s team finishing 20th overall with a time of 23:58.2.

“His finish was the highest individual finish we have had at this meet, and he looked amazing the entire race,” head coach Wayne Phipps said, according to a press release.

Phipps said he was pleased by the performances from both teams, but the teams expected to finish higher.

Northern Arizona took home first place with 59 total points. Stanford took home another second-place finish with 133 points. Tulsa finished in third place with 175 total points.

The Cougars will prepare for the Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 1 at the Ash Creek Preserve in Monmouth, Oregon. The race can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks.