Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Victorious at Early Bird Meet
MEN: TEAM | INDIVIDUAL
WOMEN: TEAM | INDIVIDUAL
VIDEO RECAP | PHOTO GALLERY
St. Louis, Mo., September 4, 2010 – The top-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s cross country team and the No. 4 women’s team both captured first place at the Washington University Early Bird Meet on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Central Fields of Forest Park in St. Louis, Mo.
The WUSTL men’s team submitted a score of 46 points to edge NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University by one point for the meet victory. In the women’s race, Washington University placed five runners in the top 12 to submit a mark of 27 points, which was 90 points better than second-place Southeast Missouri.
Junior Liz Phillips placed first overall in the women’s race, completing the 4K course in just 14:37.7, a pace of 5:54. Washington U. freshman Sarah Fisher came in fourth with a time of 15:06.7 and senior Jessica Londeree was the sixth-place finisher, running the course in 15:30.4.
Also scoring for the WUSTL women’s team was freshman Alyssa Tutterow, with a time of 15:47.6, good for 10th-place overall, and junior Molly Wawrzyniak, who finished 12th with a time of 15:51.6.
The Washington U. men’s team elected to run its freshman as a separate squad and the first-year runners performed well, placing fifth in the field of 18 teams.
For the Bears’ team of upperclassmen, senior Dave Spandorfer led the way, running to a second-place finish with a time of 19:13.7. Not far behind Spandorfer was senior Alden Black, who finished third with a time of 19:15.5, and Washington U. senior Erik Hinrichsen finished in eighth place with a time of 19:39.0.
Washington University senior Zach Bahor and junior Tucker Hartley rounded out the scoring for the Bears, finishing in 16th and 17th place respectively, with times of 19:55.3 and 19:55.7.
Freshman Dalton Guthrie paced the Bears’ rookie squad, running to a seventh-place finish and a time of 19:36.6. WUSTL freshman Paul Johnson also finished in the top-20, placing 19th overall with a mark of 20:02.2.
The Washington University men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action in two weeks, when they compete at the Maryville University Classic in St. Louis, Mo., beginning at 9 a.m.