Chance Hyatt won the 8K Open Division and Janie Reid took third in the women’s 6K Open division to the lead Carroll cross country team at the Santa Clara Bronco Open in Sunnyvale, California on Saturday.
The Saints women took third among non-Division I competition and the men were fourth among non-DI competition.
Hyatt took first in a field of 208 runners with a time of 25:06.1, the second-best time of his career.
“He had a really good race,” coach David Morris said. “It was a great battle with the Embry-Riddle runner (third-place finisher Jordan Bramblett) and the unattached runner (second-place finisher Yousef Babdour) but he pulled away at the end. His time is a little bit slower than he ran last year because of the wind, but this was his best race that I’ve seen.”
Reid also put up a great performance finishing third and tops among NAIA competitors with a time of 21:21.2.
“Janie said she needed to be a little more aggressive” Morris said. “She was a little intimidated by the setting but she got into a grove toward the middle. She pulled away from fourth and fifth toward the end so I was happy with the way she finished.”
Also finishing in the Top 10 for the Carroll women was Leah Esposito. She is back in action after missing time with an illness.
“She missed some time from workouts and she wasn’t as sharp as she should be, but her recovery is going better than we could imagine,” Morris said. “She went out aggressively and struggled with the distance but it is good to see her back.”
On the men’s side, Baird Linke finished 27, Layne Ryerson was 32nd, Pierce Fic was 35th and Joe Mullener was 47th.
For the women, Samantha Mundel was 15th, Macala Fifield was 32nd and Amalia Gardner was 40th.
The Saints had a plethora of travel difficulties. Originally scheduled to leave Thursday, plane troubles delayed their departure until Friday. Weather in the Seattle area delayed the travel further and the team didn’t arrive at their hotel until after midnight. The impact on the rest of the lineup was evident.
“I am disappointed; I don’t know how much of that is the travel but we were definitely flat,” Morris said. “We have three weeks until the conference championship and we have a lot of work to do. This was not our best race.”
The Saints next travel to Great Falls for the UGF Invite on the Oct. 21.
Townsend boys take Raisland title
Led by Bryant Edgerton, the Townsend boys cruised to a win in their own rusty Raisland Invitational, held at old Baldy Golf Course on Saturday.
Edgerton won the boys individual title in impressive fashion, finishing in 16:20.49, a full 21 seconds ahead of Whitehall's Hunter Flynn in second. Townsend placed all five runners in the Top 10, with Nathan Gallegos (16:51.28) fourth, Jack Dolan (16:54.74) fifth, Wyatt Herrick (17:18.80) ninth and Tommy Frost (17:22.05) 10th. That helped the team to 29 points, well ahead of Manhattan Christian's 69. Manhattan was third with 76 points while Jefferson took seventh.
The Panthers' top runner was Hunter Henschel, finishing 29th in 19:18.23.
In the girls race, Townsend finished a distant second to Manhattan, 73 points to 24. Belt-Centerville was third.
In front of Townsend's pack was Grace McDonnell, taking fifth in 20:30.79. She finished just in front of Grace Wyse, sixth in 20:41.69. Olivia Lynn (21:38) was 12th and Catie Watson (22:52.19) took 18th. Denika Dolan finished out the scoring, taking 32nd in 24:06.40.
Carroll women draw again
The Carroll College women’s soccer team notched its second-consecutive draw Saturday at Northwest University in heavy rain in Kirkland, Washington.
“We played well; obviously the conditions weren’t great but I think we did a lot good things,” coach David Thorvilson said. “We had a couple of really close opportunities. We hit the post and crossbar, and late in the game they had to clear one off of the line but we were just a little bit unlucky.”
The two teams notched similar numbers. Carroll had 21 shots while Northwest tallied 22. Goalkeeper Jamie Carter notched 10 saves to Northwest’s five. Carroll had six corner kicks to Northwest’s two.
“It was a back-and-forth game and both teams had a lot of opportunities,” Thorvilson said. “Jamie had a great game. They had some opportunities that they shot right at her but she made some tough saves, including a tough one early in overtime that saved the game for us.”
Northwest appeared to score a game-winner after Carter’s save, but was ruled offside and the game ended without a score.
Like Friday, the weather had a big impact on the flow of the game.
“It was a very physical game; the conditions didn’t allow for the cleanest of play,” Thovilson said. “I thought we played very well today. It was their Senior Day, and they played with a lot of emotion.”
Carroll is now 6-0-3 in Cascade Conference play and 9-3-3 overall. Carroll is one of two undefeated teams in the league, the other being Southern Oregon. The two teams meet Thursday at Nelson Stadium. It is the first of two matches on the weekend to close out the regular season for Carroll.
The Saints, Thorvilson said, are excited to be back in Helena after five consecutive road games.
“We are excited to come back to Montana and close out the season at home, in front of our fans and hopefully in nicer weather,” he said.
Jefferson wins in three
Jefferson volleyball swept Livingston's JV team 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 on Saturday.
Emily McGinnis spiked 18 kills, Paige Yanzick passed 20 assists and Hanna Grimsrud registered 23 digs. Lady Panther teammates Leah Vossler served four aces and Ellie Evertz had a couple blocks.
Townsend falls in five
Traveling to Manhattan on Saturday, Townsend fell in a hard-fought match, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10.
No further information was available at press time.