Men's and Women's Cross Country Sweep Individual and Team Honors at Wheaton Invite
Warrenville, Ill., September 24, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis second-ranked women’s and third-ranked men’s cross country teams swept the team and individual honors at the Wheaton College Gil Dodds Invitational, held Saturday morning at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Ill.
The Washington University women’s team placed first out of five teams, with senior Liz Phillips capturing first-place overall with a score of 25 points. The WUSTL men’s squad finished first in a field of eight teams by posting a score of 24 points.
Senior Michael Burnstein placed first overall and the Bears finished ahead of No. 24 Wheaton College and a split squad from No. 1 North Central College, who ran a separate freshman group from the rest of its team.
With Phillips leading the way the women’s squad saw five runners finish in the top-10. Phillips completed the 6K course with a time of 21:48.93, with classmate Molly Wawrzyniak coming in second in 21:51.27.
Sophomore Sarah Fisher placed fifth overall in 22:05.65, senior Erica Jackey came in eighth with a time of 22:33.34, and freshman Grace Bidwell rounded out the Bears’ top five with a ninth-place showing and a mark of 22:36.08.
Burnstein won the men’s 8K race, finishing ahead of 124 other competitors with a mark of 25:23.30. He was one of six Washington University runners to finish in the top 10 of the individual standings.
Senior Tucker Hartley was the runner-up, posting a time of 25:27.62. Freshman Drew Padgett came in sixth with a mark of 25:54.40, and he was followed by another freshman, Ryan Senci, who came in seventh in 25:58.58.
Sophomore Eliott Petterson finished eighth in 26:00.65, and freshman Garrett Patrick submitted a mark of 26:07.41 to come in 10th overall.
The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, for the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., beginning at 9:30 a.m. (ET).