Mesa State and Fort Lewis College shared dominating performances Friday afternoon at the annual Tom Strandt Memorial Run at Hillcrest Golf Club.
The Mesa State women's team, led by All-American Alexis Skarda, swept the top four places to win the women's team title.
The Fort Lewis men's team, led by Kip Mutai, swept the top four places to win the men's team title.
"It was very nice to win," Mutai said after taking the men's 8K race in 26 minutes, 52 seconds.
"It doesn't feel good when someone else wins at your home," said Mutai, a sophomore from Kenya who paced the 1-2-3-4 FLC finish.
Jeff Hofferber, an FLC senior, powered across the finish line in second place, a minute back.
FLC freshman Derek Laue, in his second collegiate race, was third.
Michael Birgen, another Kenyan runner for FLC, finished fourth.
"I felt really good after the first 2K loop," said Laue, a former Bayfield High School standout. "So I tried to catch up to our lead guys (Mutai and Hofferber). But, on the downhill, I had trouble. I always have trouble on downhills. I did make up some ground at the end, though."
Laue's high school coach, Pat Vaughn, was on hand to watch the former Bayfield Wolverine run in FLC blue and gold.
"I thought he looked great out there," Vaughn said. "That's pretty darn good."
"He was giving me pointers out there," Laue said, smiling. "It helped out a lot."
Hofferber said the Skyhawks had a solid team effort in the annual FLC-hosted race at Hillcrest.
"We really had a good effort from all the guys," Hofferber said.
Similarly on the women's side, Mesa State controlled the race from start to finish.
Skarda, who won the women's 5K at Hillcrest last year, repeated by leading from the opening steps of the race.
"I could feel the altitude, for sure. But overall, I felt all right," said Skarda, a junior who finished in 18:25. Skarda was 19th in the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships as a freshman.
Mesa State teammate Kelsey Follett finished second Friday afternoon in 19:50.
Kenzie Grant, a former FLC runner who transferred to Mesa State this year to be closer to her family, finished third.
Brooke Bosman of Mesa State was fourth.
"Everyone is working really hard for us," said Skarda, who gave credit to her teammates and their Friday finishes.
"It's great to have a team with everyone working so hard."
Maddison Kruger, in her first college race, finished fifth for Fort Lewis. She is a freshman from Lewis-Palmer High School.
"I felt a lot better (Friday)," said Kruger, who is coming off an illness.
"Strength ... is still an issue. But I'm coming back," she said.
"Now, I'm ready to go get some pizza."
"That was her first college race," said FLC head coach Ken Flint, who directed Friday's meet. "She ran a great race."
He also commended the effort of the FLC men's team.
The Mesa State women's team won with 16 points. FLC was second with 47. The FLC men (16 points) won by a similar margin over Diné College (40) and Navajo Tech (90).