Oshkosh, Wis., Oct. 19, 2013 – Juniors Drew Padgett and Lucy Cheadle each finished second individually to lead the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's cross country teams to top-three finishes at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Saturday in Winneconne, Wis.
The No. 3-ranked Washington U. men had three runners place in the top-10 to score 64 points and finish as the runner-up in the 37-team field. Two-time defending NCAA Division III National Champion North Central College (Ill.) won the meet with 33 points, while No. 14 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was third with 133. Padgett shaved 20 seconds off his previous 8K-best time to finish as the runner-up, while seniors Kevin Sparks and Michael Ellenberger placed fifth and 10th, respectively.
In the women's race, Cheadle led the No. 26 WUSTL women to a third-place finish among the 37 teams. No. 8 Calvin College won the team title with 71 points. Just six points separated No. 6 University of Chicago (120), Washington U. (124) and No. 9 Trinity (126), who finished second through fourth, respectively. The Bears also beat four other teams ranked ahead of them in the national poll – No. 20 Hope College, No. 23 Aurora University (Ill.), No. 24 College of St. Scholastica and No. 25 Willamette University.
RESULTS – Top Seven for WUSTL
MEN – 8K – 566 runners
2. Drew Padgett – 24:27.09
5. Kevin Sparks – 24:41.46
10. Michael Ellenberger – 24:51.29
29. Garrett Patrick – 25:15.98
35. Brett Baker – 25:24.70
38. Elliott Petterson – 25:23.01
39. Ryan Senci – 25:28.01
Up Next: The Washington University cross country teams travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., to compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Saturday, Nov. 2.