BILLINGS — Western Washington swept both the men's and women's team titles at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at a snowy Amend Park on Saturday.
The Montana State Billings men's and women's teams placed 10th.
It was the first team title for the Viking women and the fifth for the men in the 19-year history of the event. Western Washington become the first team other than Alaska Anchorage to win both team titles in the same year. UAA had done it seven times, including last year.
The WWU men went 4-5-6-7 with the top four runners while the women had three runners in the top 10.
UAA runners swept the individual titles. Felix Kemboi won the men's 8,000-meter in 24:44, more than a full minute ahead of the runner-up.
Emmah Chelimo of the Seawolves defended her title, winning the 6,000-meter women's race in 21:31.9.
Nikki Aiken paced the MSUB women, placing 33rd (23:37.6). She was followed by Kailee Stoppel (57th, 25;20.5), Madisan Chavez (63rd, 25:43), Sierra Durbin (64th, 25:44.7) and Miranda Livingston (75th, 27:09).
Ronald Venema was the top finisher for the Yellowjacket men (56th, 27:06.5). He was followed by Ase Ackerman (64th, 27:22.9), Bryant Edgerton (66th, 27:35.1), Logan Straus (71st, 27:55.3), Carson Jessop (75th, 28:20.5) and Will Steinfeldt (82nd, 29:36.7).