Cross Country is up and running, literally. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2021 Big Sky Winter Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, coming in with impressive results. The Bobcat women’s team placed third and the men finished in fourth. This is the second event for the teams, the last one taking place in October 2020 at the Idaho vs Montana State Clash. For the women, the third place win is the best placement since 2017, a huge accomplishment for the Bobcats. “It was a big mental challenge for them, but I thought they responded well to it,” said Lyle Weese, MSU Director of Cross Country.

Sophomore Camila Noe, a star runner for the women’s team in 2019, was able to demonstrate her skills in the Big Sky championship as she placed fourth to help guide her team to a podium finish. “Obviously she has high expectations because of her past accomplishments, but for where she's at and kind of the unusual year that it's been, I thought she ran a great race," Weese said. 

On the men’s side of things, junior Duncan Hamilton was able to capture a silver medal in the Men’s 8k Championship. This makes Hamilton the highest finisher at the Big Sky Cross Country Championship in over 18 years. Weese was impressed by Hamilton’s run, saying “he could be one of the best runners in the NCAA.” Keep an eye out for an interview with Hamilton in next week’s edition. Weese also commented that the men’s team had many solid performances which helped land them in fourth, the third time the men have finished fourth in the Big Sky Championship. 

The next meet is for those who were invited to participate in the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Monday, March 15. Those who will not be attending the invite-only meet will likely already be planning their offseason workouts to prepare for the next season