The Montana Western Men's and Women's Cross-Country teams competed in the Frontier Conference Championship Meet Friday morning. Jonathan Harrison and Araceli Ramirez led the Bulldogs as the men's team placed second overall and the women's team placed fourth overall in a very close race. Harrison placed second overall in the men's 8k and with a race time of 25:40.5. Araceli Ramirez placed sixth overall in the 5k race with a time of 19:43.2.
"Proud of the effort today. We had some great results individually. We put in some really hard work this season and it's awesome to see much of it come to fruition." Head Coach Dylan Zitzer said after the race.
Men's 8K Race
The Bulldog men got things started on the day with the first race. Jonathan Harrison led the way for the men with a second-place finish in a time of 25:40.5 to earn All-Conference honors. Freshman Brant Heiner had a great race and came in next for the Bulldogs. He ran the course in a time of 26:45.0 and came in ninth, placing him on the All-Conference Team. Luke Lutz had a tenth-place finish that also put him on the All-Conference Team after his ran the course in a time of 26:45.6. Harrison Silverio (27:10.9, 13th) and Joe Lamb (27:35.2, 17th) rounded out the scoring five for the Bulldogs, giving them a team score of 51 and a second-place finish overall. Carlin Onstad (27:51.1), Will Hyatt (29:55.9), Jesse McMurtrey (30:57.1), and Isaiah Powell (33:24.6) all ran in the race and competed hard.
Women's 5k Race
The Bulldog women's team followed the men's race. Araceli Ramirez placed sixth overall in the race with a time of 19:43.2 and a solidifying her All-Conference honors. Morgan Baseley ran a great race and placed in the top ten. After running a 20:01.9, Morgan earned All-Conference honors with an eighth-place finish. Cecily Eagleton followed closely behind with a 13th place finish after she ran a 20:36.2. Liz Varner (20:58.3, 17th) and Mason Baseley (21:49.2, 25th) rounded out the women's team's scoring five, giving them a team score of 69 points in a highly competitive race. The Bulldogs were just eight down from the second and third place teams in this competitive race. Rylee Brackman (23:28.9) and Tahja Hunt (24:12.2) also raced today and competed well.
The Bulldogs will be waiting to see if they qualify for the NAIA Cross Country Nationals that will be held in Tallahassee, Fla. On Nov. 18.