Cross Country teams improves a bit at GNAC Championships

MONMOUTH, ORE-The UAF cross country team was in the GNAC championship races over the weekend and had some improvements from their runners despite similar team finished in consecutive seasons.

The women's team repeated in eighth place but senior Alyson McPhetres led a team of seven freshman. McPhetres ran a personal record of 21:36 in the 6K race finishing in 23rd place which was 20 spots better from a year ago and over a minute faster as well. Nicole Bathe led the freshmen class coming in at 46th for scoring with a 22:34 time.

For the men's team redshirt-sophomore Ross MacDougall leads the harriers again finishing the 8K in 26:2.8 which was 25th in scoring and 27th overall. Three Nooks finished within 10 seconds of each other for 37, 41 and 44 scoring positions as the men's team finished in seventh place. That finish is a place up from a year ago.

UAA swept the titles as the women won their fifth straight and the men won their fourth straight. The UAA men's team won by just three points over Western Washington.

The Nanooks will be back on the trails on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Western Region Championships in Spokane, Wash.