Last Saturday at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships, redshirt freshman Camila Noe became the first Bobcat woman in 27 years to win the conference championship. Noe’s performance was a special one, getting to the front of the pack at the very start of the race and never losing position throughout the entire course. Noe finished with a blistering fast time of 17 minutes, 41.3 seconds, a whole 34 seconds ahead of the runner up. Her individual championship is the first under former MSU three-time individual champ, Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, Lyle Weese. When speaking on Noe’s accomplishment, Weese noted the difficulty of succeeding in this conference adding, “It's a pretty incredible accomplishment winning it. She really dominated from start to finish and took control of the race early.”
Noe, a Bozeman native, was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year this season, extending the MSU women’s streak of All-Conference performers to three years. After Saturday’s race, Noe described what it means to be running for the Cats saying, “I have a lot of pride and am really happy to be in Montana and being able to run for Montana State means a lot to me.” On winning the women’s 5k championship, she simply shared that it felt “pretty incredible.”
Joining Noe in receiving All-Conference honors were three members of the men’s team: junior Collin Buck, senior Ty Mogan and sophomore Duncan Hamilton. Saturday was the first time since 2002 that three MSU men placed within the top 10 at the conference championships. Mogan shared the group’s mindset saying, "All the guys have been working so hard since week one and it's nice to see our hard work pay off finally. Knowing that we can continue to improve so much in the next couple weeks ahead of regionals is exciting." Weese expressed his satisfaction sharing, "To have those three finish all conference is great. They got out well at the start and ran solid the entire way. They had a high level of concentration and ran with purpose the entire race."
The MSU men’s team finished third overall on Saturday behind the nation’s top program Northern Arizona and a talented Weber State squad. The women’s team was in the hunt for second throughout the weekend but ended up finishing in fifth overall. Despite having such a successful weekend, it is not yet time to celebrate as both teams will hope to find even more success Friday, Nov. 15, at the Mountain Regional Championships. "Everyone has the same mindset that we can all qualify for Nationals as a team,” Mogan shared, “It makes me emotional because I love being part of this team and the drive every one of these guys has is incredible.”