Local runners represented the Inland Northwest well on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, California.
The Washington State men claimed the team title, WSU’s Abby Regan won the women’s race and Mt. Spokane senior John Dressel won the boys prep race.
Dressel won the boys Division I race with a 5,000-meter time of 14:51. Good for a 4:47 mile pace. Hayden Dressel, a sophomore at Mt. Spokane, took 16th in 15:35.
Twenty-five high school teams and 179 runners competed.
The WSU men had three runners place inside the top 20. Drew Jordan was eighth after completing the 8,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 51 seconds. John Whelan was 15th (24:08) and Sam Levora was 18th (24:18).
The Cougars edged UC Santa Barbara by one point for the team title. Stanford was third, two points behind WSU.
Stanford, ranked fifth in the nation, had the top two runners – Joe Rosa and Maxim Korolev. Both finished with identical times of 23:16.
Regan, a senior, completed the 6,000-meter women’s layout in 20:31. She was 8 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, UC Riverside’s Raquel Hefflin.
Washington State’s Morgan Wilson took 24th in 21:39.
The Cougar women finished fifth as a team behind Stanford, UC Davis, Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount.
Next up for WSU is the Pre National Inviational in Terre Haute, Indiana on Oct. 18.
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