By Mike Safford, College of Idaho Sports Information Director
Photo by John Nepolitan, USATF and Runnerspace.com
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Former College of Idaho All-American Greg Montgomery made a splash in his international cross country debut, placing 12th overall in competing for the United States National Team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry at Holyrood Park.
Montgomery was the fourth of nine finishers across the line for the United States over the eight-kilometer course in 24:50 - 39 seconds behind teammate Chris Derrick, who claimed the individual title. Andy Vernon of Great Britain was second, followed by Bashir Abdi of Belgium.
C of I head coach Pat McCurry was able to watch the race online, as the event was carried live in the United Kingdom on BBC-One, and was impressed by the former Coyote. "I could not have imagined a better international debut for him. He raced brilliantly, starting in last and moved all the way up to 12th, really managing the terrain to his advantage.”
Montgomery finished ahead of former Stanford runner, Brendan Gregg, and ahead of former NCAA champion, Ryan Bak.
He will look for a place on the World Championships team on Feb. 15, competing in the U.S Cross Country National Championships in Boulder, Colo.