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Bulldog Cross Country Hits The Ground Running

UMW Sports Press Release

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The Montana Western Cross Country teams got the 2023 season

underway this morning at the Frontier Conference Preview Meet.

Two Bulldog women competed in the women’s 6k race. Freshman Olivia Heiner had a great race with an 8th place finish. She recorded a time of 24:02.0. Freshman Maddie Yakos also competed in the women’s race and finished in 20th with a time of 25:12.50.

“We just had two women run today and they both finished right around where I thought they

would. They both had great races for themselves,” Head Coach Taylor Grove said. “Olivia was

able to finish 8th overall, which is great for being a freshman and running a 6k for the first time. I think all of our ladies will continue to improve as we progress through the season and have more opportunities to race.”

In the men's 8k race, sophomore Brant Heiner led the Bulldogs placing 13th overall with a time

of 26:21.20. Landon Hayes came in next at 28th overall with a time of 28:42.30. Freshman

Brody Henry followed in 32nd with a time of 29:29.70. Carlin Onstad (31:47.50, 41st) and

Jesse McMurtrey (37:26.20, 48th) rounded out the scoring five.

"The men’s team ran well. We had Brant place in the top 15 which is a great start to the year,”

Grove continued. “It was great to get a look at how we competed against other runners in the

conference as we will be racing them a lot throughout the season. Hopefully we can just continue to improve upon our results from today during the rest of the season.”

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