|XC impresses at Sundodger Invite|
SEATTLE - Another meet, another big smile on University of Idaho cross country coach Wayne Phipps' face.
Sophomore Barry Britt broke an Idaho record for the course in the men's race and Hannah Kiser broke the Vandal women's freshman record at the Sundodger Invitational at Seattle, Wash. Both runners were competing in Idaho uniforms for just the second time in their careers.
Britt finished sixth overall and fourth among collegiate runners with a time of 24:12.58 on the 8,000m course. He was followed closely by teammate Markus Geiger, a junior, who took 11th overall and seventh among college runners with a time of 24:28.55.
Kiser, who went to high school a few hours away at Wenatchee, Wash., traversed the women's 6,000m course in 21:30.79 and finished ninth overall and eighth among collegiate runners. Junior Julia Veseth finished just behind her at 21:36.24 for 10th overall.
The Vandal women took second in the team standings with 72 points, behind only Washington, which is ranked third in the nation. Idaho's men took third overall with 78 points.
Freshman Maggie Miller was Idaho's third finisher in her first career meet at 17th overall, with a time of 21:58.44. Another first-year Vandal, freshman Holly Stanton, took 26th with a time of 22:18.18, while junior Anna Kalbrener was 27th at 22:21.59 to round out the women's team scoring.
On the men's side, junior Jeremiah Dubie was the third finisher at 30th overall (25:13.44), while junior Alex Brekke was 33rd in the field (25:24.54) and sophomore Jeff Osborn was 34th (25:26.26) to fill out Idaho's score.
In the 93-runner, nine-team women's field, Idaho put seven women's runners in the top 32 and all nine Vandals finished in the top half of the standings.
For the second year in a row, Veseth showed dramatic improvement at the meet, with a 70-second cut from her 2009 time at the meet. Kalbrener had a 75-second improvement over her 2009 time, while senior Erica Digby slashed 26 seconds from her time.
Osborn had the biggest jump on the men's side with a one-minute, 43-second improvement. Brekke dropped 95 seconds and improved 28 places over his 2009 performance.
Idaho will compete next at the Charles Bowles Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Salem, Ore.