Bozeman, Montana - Joe Bendoski improved on his fourth place finish at last weeks BYU-s Autumn Classic by finishing second at the Montana State Cross Country Invitational. Bendoski finished the five mile run in 24:46, nine seconds off the first place finish of Utah State-s Trevor Ball.
-He ran really well,- Utah Valley State coach Scott Houle said. -He ran a great race from start to finish.-
On the women-s side, the top runner was freshman Kim Rowberry. Rowberry finished 16 th in the three mile run with a time of 18:24. This was the second straight meet a freshman was the first Wolverine runner across the finish line.
-She really improved from her first race,- Houle said. -Last week she took off to fast and today she paced herself well and for a freshman to do what she did is big.-
As a team, the men beat Montana State in the double dual race while the women out ran Utah. The men finished third in the seven team race.
-That is really big for us,- Houle said. -For the girls, it was the time we have beaten an instate school since we-ve been Division I.-
Other individual top finishes included Mark Lott finishing ninth, Peter Holm 13 th and freshman Jacob Buhler 15 th.
-Mark ran really well and Jacob Buhler had a really good race,- Houle said. -He stayed close with Peter Holm which is good since he is an experienced runner.-
On the women-s side, Bekah Meier-Poppinga finished 18 th with a time of 18:28. Houle added that he was pleased with the race of freshman Ashley Evans in her first college race. Evans finished 22 nd in the meet.