WUSTL Cross Country Teams Have Strong Showing at Greater Louisville Classic
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Louisville, Ky., October 1, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s cross country teams both turned in strong performances at the 10th Annual Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
The Washington University women’s team placed 13th in a field of 30 different schools in the 5K gold race comprised mostly of NCAA Division I competition, posting a team score of 351 points. The University of Michigan finished first overall with a team score of 81 points.
The Bears’ men’s team also raced against primarily Division I opponents and finished 14th in a field of 29 teams in the men’s top 8K race. Washington U. scored 399 points with Purdue University winning the team title with a score of 113 points.
Seniors Liz Phillips and Erica Jackey each finished in the top-50 in a field of 351 competitors in the women’s race. Phillips came in 40th overall with a time of 17:52.48, while Jackey placed 43rd with a time of 17:54.58.
Senior Molly Wawrzyniak was just outside of the top-50, placing 51st while posting a 5K time of 18:03.21. Sophomore Sarah Fisher placed 94th, coming in with a mark of 18:25.71, and senior Jessica Londeree rounded out the Bears’ top-five with a 139th place finish and a time of 18:44.74.
Senior Michael Burnstein paced the men’s squad by finishing 32nd overall. The men’s 8K field consisted of 240 student-athletes and Burnstein ran the course in 24:44.13.
Junior David Hamm finished 57th with a time of 25:00.41, freshman Ryan Senci came in 98th in 25:31.07, freshman Garrett Patrick grabbed 102nd place, coming in just 2.59 seconds behind Senci and sophomore Elliott Petterson rounded out the Washington University top-five with a 121st-place finish and a time of 25:45.79.
The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action in two weeks for another competitive meet, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational in Oshkosh, Wis., which is their final warm-up before the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. Action is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m.