Friday evening's home invitational was a success for the whole University of Montana cross country team. Teamwork on both the men's and women's' sides gave the Grizzlies the win at home in the Montana Invitational, held on the University Golf Course Oct. 4, 2019.
The men's race was dominated by unattached runners, with Colorado State alumni and Hellgate High School graduate Adam Peterman winning the men's race with a time of 24:28.
The University of Montana men ran in a lead pack. Scoring, they placed second though fifth. Their low placements meant a low score for the team and an easy win. No other NCAA D1 competitors were in the race, though some Montana State University redshirt athletes ran unattached.
On the women's' side, the University of Montana's June Eastwood and Beatrix Frissell dominated the race, winning by about 40 seconds. The two teammates ran the entire race together in the lead.
The Griz will compete again two weeks from Saturday at the Bronco Invitational in California.
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One of the first women's cross-country races of fall semester takes on a small hill just meters after the start line of the Montana Invitational on Oct. 4, 2019. Race winners June Eastwood, right, and Beatrix Frissell, left, led the race from the start for the Grizzlies.
The lead pack of University of Montana runners round the corner, heading into their final lap of the men's race. The lead pack included sophomores Will Dauenhauer, Hunter May and Ben Vanderbosch as well as junior Kyle Peterson. The pack placed 2-5 scoring in the race, winning the meet for the Griz.
University of Montana senior Samantha Engebretsen approaches the third lap. Engebretsen finished third in the race, about 30 seconds behind her winning teammates.
The lead University of Montana runners, Will Dauenhauer, right, and Ben Vanderbosch crest the hill on the course at the base of Mount Sentinel.
The University of Montana men's pack, Kyle Peterson, left, Ben Vanderbosch, Will Dauenhauer and Hunter May heads into its second lap around the course. The four Griz ran together for the entire race, eventually finishing 2-5 scoring.
The women's race crests the hill at the base of Mount Sentinel.
The four University of Montana leaders spread out, sprinting toward the finish line. Will Dauenhauer finished first for the Griz and second overall with a time of just over 26 minutes on an 8-kilometer course.
The Hellgate High School cross country team watches the men's race head onto the golf course after the start line.
Women's race leaders Beatrix Frissell, right, and June Eastwood head toward the second and final lap of the 6K race.
The race moves through the first lap, heading toward the end of the golf course while a coach encourages his athletes to move forward in the race.
Hannah Wylie, right, embraces a teammate at the finish line. Wylie finished in fourth place, with a time of 18:29, about 40 seconds behind the winners.
University of Montana's Samantha Engebretsen sprints toward the finish line, finishing third for the Griz with a time of 18:22.
June Eastwood talks with her teammates about the race while being filmed by a film crew. Eastwood has been capturing the media's attention since becoming the first transgender runner to compete at a D1 level.