Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Hannah Kiser
Kiser wins again
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 10/15/2011
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – University of Idaho sophomore cross country athlete Hannah Kiser is still undefeated through four meets.

Kiser, a second-year Vandal, showed no signs of slowing down from her break-neck pace so far this season with an individual title in the women’s invitational race at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday.

With a time of 16:55.3, Kiser was the only runner in the field of 175 to finish the 5000m race in less than 17 minutes and outdistanced the next-best collegiate runner by more than a 12-second margin. She led the Vandal women to a fourth-place team finish at the meet with a score of 126.

Junior Barry Britt led the men’s team with a 16th overall, 15th among collegians in the field of 167, with a time of 24:21.5 on the 8000m course. He was joined in the top 20 by senior Stephane Colle, who was the 20th collegiate finisher with a time of 24:26.6.

As a team, the Idaho men finished fifth with a score of 191. Jeremiah Dubie, who took 35th overall (24:39.3), senior Markus Geiger, who finished 46th overall (24:54.9) and senior James Clark (103rd, 25:52.6) rounded out the team’s scorers.

On the women’s side, it was a sophomore top-three sweep for the third meet in a row. Alycia Butterworth was the team’s second finisher at 21st overall (17:37.6) and Emily Paradis was the third Vandal to cross the line at 24th overall in 17:39.5. Senior Julia Veseth (50th, 18:09.2) and sophomore Holly Stanton (55th, 18:12.3) finished out Idaho’s scoring.

Saturday’s meet concludes the “pre-season” portion of Idaho’s cross country schedule. The next event on the schedule is the most important one – the Western Athletic Conference Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Honolulu, Hawai`i.

Idaho’s women will try to defend their title after claiming the 2010 crown last year at Moscow. The Vandal women will be going for their fourth title in seven years, while the men’s team, which has multiple top-three and runner-up finishes since joining the conference, will try to break through for its first WAC title.

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