Keith Osowski recorded his best finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
The Black Hills State University junior placed 36th with an 8-kilometer time of 26 minutes, 36.6 seconds. The former Kodiak star was Black Hills’ No. 2 runner but well behind top runner Matt Parker, who finished 18th in a time of 25:50.6. The Yellow Jackets finished 11th out of 15 teams with 279 points. Colorado Mines ran away with the title with 28 points.
Osowski bettered his performances from his previous two conference championships. He finished 40th in 2019 and 44th in 2020.
Saturday’s race was Osowski’s first since Sept. 24, when he placed sixth in the Roy Griak Invitational.
Seward’s Ruby Lindquist — a junior at Black Hills — placed 32nd in the women’s race with a 6K time of 23:24.1.
Next for the former Region III runners is the NCAA Division II South Central Regional meet on Nov. 6.
• Competing in her first Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, University of Alaska Anchorage junior Arielle Himelbloom picked up a 56th-place finish in Saturday’s race in Lacey, Washington.
Himelbloom, of Kodiak High fame, was UAA’s fifth lady to cross the line in 24:52. Nancy Jeptoo led the UAA women placing 29th in 23:09. The Seawolves finished seventh with 189 points. Simon Fraser grabbed the team title with 32 points.
“The women almost all had their best performances of the season, if not their careers here,” associate head coach Chas Davis told goseawolves.com. “They took some aggressive risks early on in the race like we planned, and we are proud they trusted us.”
Earlier this season, Himebloom, a health science major with a 3.50 GPA, was named to the GNAC All-Academic Team.
UAA competes at the NCAA Division II West Region Championships in Monmouth, Oregon, on Nov. 6.
University of Hawaii opened its 2021-22 season against Arizona and Wisconsin over the weekend, but Talon Lindquist will have to wait a bit longer to make his senior debut.
The most prolific boys swimmer in Kodiak High history is dealing with a back injury that forced him to miss the meet in Arizona, according to his father and former KHS coach John Lindquist.
John Lindquist said his son hopes to compete at the SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 19-20.
Lindquist, a 2018 graduate of KHS, is a three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion. Last year, he was part of the conference winning 800-yard freestyle relay team. In 2019, he won the 400 individual medley and the next year took the 200 butterfly.
Kordell Pillans and the University of Montana rebounded from a loss to Sacramento State with a 34-14 victory over Idaho on Saturday in Moscow, Idaho.
Montana broke open a 7-all game with 27 straight points to improve to 5-2 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
Montana compiled 387 total offensive yards and limited Idaho to 242.
“It was a great win for our team and I told them in the locker room just now every guy had a great week,” head coach Bobby Hauck told gogriz.com. “We didn’t have a particularly strong performance last week and we came back with a vengeance and played a really nice game tonight.”
Pillans, a 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School, is a 6-foot-6, 330-pound redshirt senior offensive guard for Montana. This is his second season with Montana after playing two seasons at Mesa Community College.
Montana hosts Southern Utah on Saturday at 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.
• Defensive end Gideon Craig assisted on a tackle in Madonna University’s 63-0 loss to Taylor University Saturday in Livonia, Michigan.
Madonna fell to 1-7 on the season.
Craig, a 2021 graduate of Kodiak High, has tallied one solo tackle and assisted on three tackles in four games this season.
Madonna is idle this week before playing at Concordia University on Nov. 6.
Kodiak’s Carly Glover helped Liberty University remain perfect on the season.
Liberty scored a two-game sweep over Indiana Tech, winning Friday’s game 5-0 and Saturday’s game 3-1.
Liberty improved to 7-0.
Glover, a sophomore forward, transferred to Liberty after playing last season with NCAA Division I Merrimack College.
This weekend, Liberty has a trio of games facing Miami University (Friday) and Adrian College (Saturday and Sunday).