SPRINGFIELD, Ore. –
Oregon State cross country had a record setting day at the Dellinger Invitational on Friday morning. The Beavers, led by junior Juliana Mount
, finished in sixth place.
"Regardless of the times, I felt like we were really composed," began Oregon State cross country head coach Louie Quintana
. "We were struggling at a point, and we had nice composure and closed really well. Especially JJ up front, she just kept fighting."
Mount was the first of the Beavers to cross the finish line, completing the 6,000-meter course in 19:36.7. Her time today was the fastest all-time for a women's 6,000-meter race in Oregon State history. The previous fastest 6,000-meter time was held by Emily Weber
with a mark of 20:24 in 2016.
Senior Holly Cavalluzzo
set a new personal record on the way to a 42nd overall finish with a time of 20:15.4. Cavalluzzo's time moves her to second all-time on the 6,000-meter top-20 list.
Redshirt junior Sam McKinnon
was the third place finisher for Oregon State crossing the finish line in 20:27.9, finishing 53rd overall. Freshman Audrey Lookner
continued to impress as she crossed the line right after McKinnon in 54th with a time of 20:28.1.
, she had been sick all week and didn't use it as an excuse," stated Quintana. "She went out there and had a tremendous run."
Junior Nicole Goecke
was the last scoring runner for the Beavers, finishing in 60th place with a time of 20:41.3.
Senior Kala Kopecek
(62nd, 20:42.0), sophomore Greta Van Calcar
(65th, 20:45.7), graduate Colette Richter
(79th, 21:09.1), and freshman Rebecca Ledsham
(89th, 21:21.1) rounded out Oregon State's competitors.
"There were great conditions today, and having the favorite to win the national title out front today changed the dynamic of the race completely," said Quintana. "The whole race was fast, and I believe this was a pretty legitimate run."
Oregon State toppled Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, Idaho and Gonzaga. Cal Poly, UCSB and Idaho are all ranked regionally in the USTFCCCA poll.
"We have work to do, but we are closing the gap and are getting better, and the girls are getting more and more confident as each race passes," said Quintana.
We know we have a lot of work to do to close the gap on the elite teams in the conference, but we also know we aren't going to solve all of our problems in one meet. It's about taking the positives and continuing to get better."
Oregon 33, Stanford 66, BYU 78, Washington 95, Portland 136, Oregon State 190
, Cal Poly 198, UC Santa Barbara 211, Idaho 221, Gonzaga 299.
OSU FINISHERS: 16. Juliana Mount
, 19:36.7. 42. Holly Cavalluzzo
, 20:15.4. 53. Sam McKinnon
, 20:27.9. 54. Audrey Lookner
, 20:28.1. 60. Nicole Goecke
, 20:41.3. 62. Kala Kopecek
, 20:42.0. 65. Greta Van Calcar
, 20:45.7. 79. Colette Richter
, 21:09.1. 89. Rebecca Ledsham
The Beavers are idle next week, but return to action on Oct. 14 for the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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