Two former Region III runners had a tremendous showing at the Roy Griak Invitational Friday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Black Hills State University’s Keith Osowski and Ruby Lindquist both placed sixth in monster fields.
Osowski, of Kodiak High fame, turned in an 8-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 52 seconds to lead the men’s team to sixth among 27 teams. There were 374 runners in the race.
Lindquist, a graduate of Seward High, completed the 6K course in 22:43.3 to lead the women’s team to eighth. There were 327 runners in the race.
The next race for Black Hills is the Yellowjacket Open in Billings on Oct. 8.
On Saturday, Kordell Pillans and the University of Montana knocked off Cal Poly 39-7 in a Big Sky Conference opener to remain undefeated on the season.
The Grizzlies improved to 3-0, their best start since 2013.
Montana’s defense was again dominant, extending its scoreless streak to 10 quarters before allowing a touchdown in the fourth.
“We can start another one, I hope, next week,” Montana coach Bobby Hauck said of the streak. “That’s the way it works, and it’s quite remarkable in modern day college football to have that many drives and that many quarters of scoreless football by your defense. It really doesn’t happen much anymore so I’m really proud of their effort and performance over the first three games of the season.”
Pillans, a 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School, is a 6-foot-6, 330-pound redshirt senior offensive guard. This is his second season with Montana after playing two seasons at Mesa Community College.
He helped the offense pile up 334 yards — 256 through the air.
Montana’s game on Saturday against Eastern Washington will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m.