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Under clear skies Saturday, the Bozeman Men's Masters cross country team won the 19th annual Montana Cup race on the Rim Rocks in Billings. Bozeman accomplished this by placing it's top five runners in the first 11 places to edge out a large squad from Helena by a score of 35 to 39.

Montana Cup is a cross country meet that pits teams from seven regions across the state. It's a once a year opportunity for local runners to race as a team. In addition to the Men's Masters team taking first, the Woman's Masters team from Bozeman placed third.

In the Open Division, Bozeman placed fourth in both the Men's and Women's.

Rob Walker, Steve Bruner, and Shaun Marshall-Pryde made the All-Montana Men's Masters team by placing in the top seven overall.

Christian Heck and Leigh Holleman of Bozeman also made the All-Montana team in the Men's Open and Women's Masters, respectively.


MSU LOSES TO PORTLAND STATE IN FOUR SETS: The Bobcats (10-14, 3-8) staved off a sweep for the second day in a row, but their 25-20 third-set win was the only victory in a 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15 loss to Portland State (15-8, 10-2) on Saturday night.

The Bobcats' hit .258 and collected 11 of 41 total kills in that set. For the match, MSU hit .171 and was led by freshman outside hitter Sarah Horton's 12 kills and .242 hitting percentage. Junior outside Rachelle Allen served four of the Bobcats' 13 aces, while Macy Page had three.

Freshman setter Mackenzi Campbell had 36 assists and senior libero Meghan Albiston had 17 assists to give her 316 in the season and 1,472 career digs.

BELGRADE, LIVINGSTON FINISH REGULAR SEASON IN HAVRE: The Rangers and Panthers went up to Havre to play the Blue Ponies and Browning Indians and came away with sweeps on Saturday.

The Rangers (12-6, 7-3) beat Browning, 25-19, 25-11, 25-7, and Havre, 22-25, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13. Johanna Chapel collected 20 kills and Tory Njardvik slammed 15 in two matches. The duo combined for nine blocks and Chapel added 21 digs and a half-dozen aces.

Alyssa Carnell (33) and Jordyn Yarborough (27) combined for 61 assists while Emmy Handl contributed 15 digs and nine aces. Livingston had 36 aces total.

Belgrade (8-9, 5-5) smacked 70 total kills, with 22 apiece from Lindsay Halgren and Jordan Porter, in topping Browning, 25-18, 22-25, 27-25, 25-15, and Havre, 25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 25-15. Katie Kenison served seven of Belgrade's 15 aces while Halgren (26) and Porter (27) contributed most of the Panthers' assists.

Halgren also had four of Belgrade's nine blocks.

Both teams will participate in the Central A tournament this weekend in Livingston.

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