The Carroll men's and women’s cross country teams take to the course as they play host to the Frontier Conference Championship on Friday.
Races begin at noon at Bill Roberts, with the men racing first. In the Frontier Championships, teams are allowed to run up to 12 runners.
Carroll only has 10 runners on the each team, so most likely every Saint will run.
The Saints men’s roster includes John Cooney (freshman), Joseph Mullener (fr.), Layne Ryerson (fr.), Benjamin Wood (fr.), Pierce Fix (sophomore), Patrick Miranne (soph.), Chance Hyatt (junior), Taylor Smith (jr.), Taylor Smith (jr.), Madison Bolton (sr.) and Baird Linke (sr.).
Coach David Morris expects Chance Hyatt to once again lead the men.
“On the men’s side (Lewis-Clark State College) is really good,” Morris said. “Rocky is pretty strong this year, also.
“If things go right for us, I think the men can be in there. I think if we run well, I think we can beat them.”
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The women will run second and be led by three-time All-American Leah Esposito, though Morris anticipates a strong race from Janie Reid, too.
The rest of the women’s roster includes Teal Bullick (redshirt sophomore), Macala Fifield (senior), Amelia Gardner (soph.), Hannah Johnson (soph.), Ann Moloney (soph.), Samantha Mundel (soph.), Sarah Roberts (soph.), and Kaitlin Stromberg (soph.).
“I think on the women’s side, L-C is strong so they’ll probably give us a battle,” Morris said.
Morris said both of his rosters are healthy heading into the conference championship.
The Saints last ran on Oct. 21 when the women won the University of Great Falls Open and the men finished second.
In those races, Esposito finished in a first-place time of 18:11.14 followed by Reid’s second-place time of 18:15.81.
On the men’s side, Hyatt walked away with a second-place finish, running a time of 26:06.12, trailing only Rocky Mountain College’s Benson Koech.