The Carroll College men's cross country team defeated the University of Montana and the University of Idaho to take third overall at the Montana Invite on Saturday morning at the University Golf Course in Missoula.
The Carroll women took second among small schools, behind the College of Idaho.
Lyle Pocha took fifth overall and second among small-school runners, behind the College of Idaho's Max Hampton, to pace the Saints. Chance Hyatt was the second Carroll runner, finishing 12th but just 11 seconds out of third place.
"Lyle was two seconds out of third place and Chance was just 10 seconds," coach David Morris said. "Our guys are right there and competing, but we are looking to be at our best in November and we are on pace to be where we want to be."
Defending Frontier Champion David Thor is still coping with a nagging injury and the missed training time as a result. He finished 17th overall and third for the Saints.
"I saw David drop from the lead pack early and I knew that it wasn't going to be his day," Morris said. "He is still trying to get back into it after sitting out a couple weeks ago, but he was a little flat today."
The Carroll women ran without two of their top five runners, Heidi Hennings and Samantha Mundel. The Saints finished just behind Montana and the College of Idaho despite missing the pair, but Morris was disappointed with the performance.
"I felt like we came out a little flat," he said. "We have pushed it pretty hard in training the over the last few weeks and it showed a little bit today, but our main focus is for the conference championship in six weeks and nationals in eight weeks."
Leah Esposito finished fifth, just behind College of Idaho's Amy Pfaff. Sandy Torres was 17th overall and second for the Saints. Regan Bold was third for Carroll and 28th overall, Janie Reid was 31st overall and fourth for Carroll. Macala Fifield rounded out the top five with a 33rd-place finish.
The Saints take a weekend break before heading to California for the Santa Clara Bronco Invite on Oct. 17 in Sunnyvale, California.
Bruins swept by Hellgate
The Capital High volleyball team was blanked on the road by Missoula Hellgate, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18.
Emily Jones led the Lady Knights with 21 digs, while Kailey Paffhausen had 3.5 blocks. Paffhausen teamed up with Hannah Lesche to combine for 22 kills.
Capital was paced by Brittania Shephard's 13 kills, 19 assists from Katie Culver, Madison Quick with 12 digs, Taylor Sullivan's four blocks, and two service aces by Abby Crisp.
The Lady Bruins slip to 4-9 overall, 3-4 in the conference.
"We did not compete today," CHS coach Hollee Goody said. "We need to learn to step on the court and be tough enough to play."
Jefferson finishes 8th
Jefferson finished with a winning record in pool play at the Manhattan Christian Invite, bowing out early on Saturday. Still, the squad turned in an eighth place in the 18-team tournament.
The Panthers went 5-3 in Pool 2 with quality wins over Townsend, Cut Bank, Fairfield, Manhattan Christian and Twin Bridges. Once into bracket play, though, the team lost the opener, 15-12, 7-15, 15-11 to Joliet, ending their tournament.
Townsend didn't fare as well for the weekend, finishing just 1-7 in pool play