Washington University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Take Second at Early Bird Meet
EARLY BIRD RESULTS
GREENVILLE DUAL RESULTS
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 1, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished second in the Washington University Big River Running Early Bird Meet on Saturday morning at the Central Field of Forest Park in St. Louis.
The Washington U. women had three individuals finish in the top 15 to score 77 points and earn a runner-up finish in the team standings. Southeast Missouri State University won the team championship with 55 points, while Union University (82 points), Lindenwood University (144 points) and the WUSTL Alumni (154 points) rounded out the top five teams.
On the men’s side, Washington University had seven runners finish in the top 30 as the Bears finished second in the team standings with 64 points. Southeast Missouri State also won the men’s title with 41 points. Missouri S&T (92 points), Washington University Alumni (124 points), and McKendree University (169 points) finished third through fifth, respectively.
Sophomore Lucy Cheadle won the women’s individual title with a time of 14:21.3 on the 4K course, finishing nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Rebekah Lawson of Southeast Missouri State. Sophomore Beatrice Gantzer placed 10th for the Bears with a time of 15:47.3 and junior Lizzy Handschy finished 14th in 15:51.9. Junior Katy Barron (24th) and senior Lexy Millett (28th) rounded out the top five for Washington U. with times of 16:08.8 and 16:09.8, respectively.
Junior Kevin Sparks led the way for the WUSTL men, racing to a third-place finish in 19:25.8. William Woods University’s Ryan Meyer claimed the men’s individual title with a time of 19:06.2 on the 6K course. Sophomore Ryan Senci finished just outside the top 10 for Washington U., clocking a time of 19:56.2 to place 12th overall. Sophomores Garrett Patrick (15th) and Drew Padgett (17th) also finished in the top 20 for the Bears with 20:00.09 and 20:05.7, respectively. Sophomore Andrew Catanese followed in 21st-place in 20:09.3.
The freshmen members of the Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the 2012 season by racing in a dual against Greenville College on Friday evening at the Central Field of Forest Park. The WUSTL women scored 15 points to win the dual over Greenville, who finished with 40 points. The Bears also defeated Greenville on the men’s side, as the Bears finished with 23 points, while Greenville scored 32 points.
Seven Washington U. runners claimed the first seven finishes in the women’s race, led by Bri Tiffany who finished the 4K course in a time of 16:03. She was followed by Lane Porter (16:25), Courtney Cleveland (16:28), Molly Banta (16:36), Tess Krasne (16:40), Nicole Migotsky (16:40) and Tori Cooke (17:02). Kerrin Sunshine finished 11th in a time of 18:03.
In the men’s race, Joshua Clark and Vince Stephen finished first and second, respectively, while both clocking a time of 20:41. Tyler Westenbroek (21:03) and Peter Metz (21:09) finished fifth and sixth, while Adam Streicher (22:07) came in ninth. Britt Henderson (22:21) and Alex Bastian (24:59) followed in 11th and 14th, respectively.
The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 14, for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cross Country Challenge in Edwardsville, Ill., starting at 5:30 p.m.