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Rebekah Topham led the women to a team title, winning her fourth consecutive individual title, while the Shocker men placed second with 30 points.
Redshirt junior Rebekah Topham became the first athlete, male or female, to win the J.K. Gold Classic individual title four times. Topahm finished the 4K (2.49 miles) course in 13:48.3, leading the women to a team title for the third time in four seasons.
“To do it four times in a row is pretty amazing,” said head cross country coach Kirk Hunter. “She had to work for it today. Winny [Koskei] was out there pushing and you could see those two were battling.”
The women finished five in the top 10, including 1-2-3. Topham finished first, followed by sophomore Winny Koskei in second (13:49.9), junior Winnie Kibet in third (14:32.7), sophomore Rita Schnacker in seventh (14:40.5) and sophomore Yazmine Wright in 10th (14:49.6).
“Our team is looking great this year,” said Topham. “I was really excited to see how everyone would do in our season opener. Winny and I had a strategy to run together and then push it at the end. This race is a nice training block to see where we are at right now and helps us prepare for bigger races down the road.”
Competing unattached, Halle Johnson finished 14th (15:02.1), followed by fellow freshman Destini Eskridge in 16th (15:10.2) and McKenna Paintin in 19th (15:28.7). Gallery at https://shockertrack.smugmug.com/WSU-CROSS-COUNTRY-2018/JK-GOLD-2018/
Redshirt junior Zack Penrod finished second overall, behind unattached runner Joe Moore winning the individual title with a time of 18:15.6.
The men’s team scored a total of 30 points finishing second behind in-state rival and Big 12 opponent Kansas State. The Wildcats take home their first J.K. Gold Classic team title since 2010, while snapping the Shockers six-year streak.
Three Shockers finished in the top 10, including Penrod in second (18:55.5), Clayton Duchatschek in third (18:59.7) and Cory Landon in 10th (19:12.3). Senior Pedro Montoya scored nine points finishing 11th overall with a time of 19:13.0, followed by Sean Curran in 12th with 10 points (19:14.1) and Josh Klein in 13th (19:25.6). Alex Moen rounded out the top-15 finishing with a time of 19:38.7.
The Shockers take the upcoming week off, before heading to Joplin, Mo., to compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 15.