XC competes at Pac-12s

Redshirt senior Reid Muller finishes 39th, Sophomore Zorana Grujic finishes 35th



The women’s XC team starts the race at the WSU XC Open on Aug. 30 at the Colfax Golf Course.

DAMIEN ALVARADO, Evergreen reporter

The WSU men’s cross-country team finished sixth while the women’s team came in 10th in the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on Friday in Monmouth, Oregon.

This was the first time in event history that the Championships were held on a dedicated cross-country course.

Stanford’s women’s team finished first with 27 points on the 6,000-meter race. Stanford took the top-three finishes, and senior Fiona O’Keeffe finished first with a final time 19:32.7.

Washington finished second with 55 points, and Utah third with 86 points. Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, and California rounded off the four through nine spots while WSU finished 10th with 250 points.

Sophomore Zorana Grujic finished first for the team and 35th overall with a time of 20:44.5. Sophomore Erin Mullins finished second for the Cougars and 43rd overall with a time of 20:56.4.  Redshirt senior Josie Brown finished 52nd overall with a time of 21:02.2.

For the men’s side, Colorado secured its seventh Pac-12 title in nine years finishing with 41 points. Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington rounded out the top five while WSU finished sixth with 204 points.

The Cougars had four runners place in the top 50. Redshirt senior Reid Muller finished 39th with a final time of 24:06.3, and junior Matthew Watkins followed finishing 40th with a time of 24:06.8.  Senior Justin Janke finished 43rd with a final time of 24:09.6 and junior Zachary Stallings finished 48th with a total time of 24:25.3

This year marked the 51st staging of the event. Due to springtime flooding at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Oregon, the event moved 20 miles north to the Ash Creek Preserve.

The Cougars will host this year’s NCAA Western Regional held at the Colfax Golf Club at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 in Colfax, Washington.