Women's Cross Country Posts Impressive Win at Brooks Invitational; Men Second
MEN'S RESULTS | WOMEN'S RESULTS
Winneconne, Wis., October 15, 2011 – The No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis women’s cross country team bested a field loaded with some of the top-ranked teams in the nation to win the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational on Saturday morning at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. The WUSTL men’s team finished second overall, trailing only top-ranked North Central College.
Saturday’s meet was held at the same site as the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s cross country championships, which will take place in five weeks on Saturday, Nov. 19. The women’s field was comprised of 43 teams, including nine ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-25 poll while the men’s race included 47 teams, 11 of which find themselves in the USTFCCCA top-25.
Led by senior Erica Jackey’s first-place overall finish the Washington University posted a team score of 61 points to lead the women’s field. Jackey completed the 6K race with a time of 21:38.13, besting the 395 student-athletes in competition.
Fifth ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in second (123 points), No. 7 Calvin College placed third (188 points), 14th St. Olaf College placed fourth (190 points) and Ohio Northern University rounded out the top-five with 222 points.
All five of the Bears’ scorers finished in the top-20 overall. Senior Molly Wawryzniak finished 10th in 22:22.97, freshman Lucy Cheadle placed 15th with a time of 22:26.78, sophomore Sarah Fisher was 3.61 seconds behind Cheadle to grab 18th place and senior Liz Phillips came in 19th with a time of 22:36.49.
WUSTL senior Michael Burnstein paced the men’s squad to a second-place team finish by placing second overall out of 434 runners competing on the 8K course. He posted a time of 24:59.06, coming in 13.21 behind Tim Nelson from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Top-ranked North Central won the men’s race with a team score of 49 points. The Bears posted a team score of 137 points to finish ahead of No. 29 Wheaton College (154 points), third-ranked Calvin College (156 points) and No. 8 UW-Oshkosh (158 points).
Senior Tucker Hartley came in 12th overall with a time of 25:19. 67, junior David Hamm placed 27th in 25:45.09, senior Kwin Keuter grabbed 43rd place (25:56.16) and freshman Ryan Senci rounded out the Bears’ top five with a time of 26:05.91.
The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action for the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, to be held in two weeks on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Chicago, Ill., starting at 11 a.m.