Montana Tech women and men are runner-up
DILLON – Montana Tech Senior Becca Richtman ran into second place in the Frontier Conference Championship on Beaverhead Golf Course on Friday. (Results)
Richtman finished the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes and 46 seconds. Sydney Little Light from Rocky Mountain College won the race after 6:07 pm.
Carroll College’s Reghan Worley finished third in 6:52 p.m. and Montana Western’s Eireann O’Connor finished fourth in 7:00 p.m.
Tech’s Averi Parker finished seventh with a time of 19:26. Carlin Maning (8:07 p.m.), Lexi Ladoux (8:09 p.m.) and Hailey Nielson (8:11 p.m.) finished 12th, 13th and 14th for the Orediggers.
Karolyna Buck (21:30) and Madison Kelly (21:48) also scored points for Tech. Richtman was just a scoring tech runner who isn’t a novice.
The women’s and men’s teams from Montana Tech took second place at the event. Carroll won the women’s title with 37 points, securing an automatic starting place at the NAIA National Championships.
The Orediggers, who finished runner-up at 48, could still get a big bid at the November 19 meeting in Vancouver, Washington. The top 30 teams are entitled to berths, and the Orediggers are placed in 16th place. The first four individuals of an unqualified team also move on, so Richtman is guaranteed a place on the big stage.
Rocky finished third with 61. The Battlin ‘Bears were followed by Western with 74, MSU-Northern with 154 and the University of Providence with 166.
Carroll also won the men’s race with 38 points. Tech came in second at 70, followed by Rocky at 75, Western at 81, Northern at 104, and Providence at 168.
Rocky runners Jackson Wilson and Jackson Duffey placed 1-2 in the men’s race. Wilson won the eight-kilometer race with a time of 26:02. Duffey followed in 26:32.
Luke Lutz from Western was third with 26:59.
Connor Aikins finished ninth and led Montana Tech. He finished with a time of 27:57. River Sheppard was 12th in 27:37, Justin Morgan 13th in 27:37 and Trystan Brewer 15th in 27:44.
Ian Barville (28:13), Jon Hansen (28:31) and Corbin Johnson (28:46) also scored for the Orediggers. All Tech men’s runners are newbies.