Oshkosh, Wis., Oct. 18, 2014 – Nearly every runner for the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's cross country teams ran season-best times as the Washington U. women finished seventh in the team standings and the men placed eighth Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh AAE Invitational.
The top-seven runners for the Washington University women each ran career-best 6K times to lead the Bears to seventh overall in the field of 42 teams with 215 points. Defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State University won the women's team title with 40 points. In the men's race, Washington U. had six of its runners clock career-best 8K times as the Bears placed eighth with 258 points. North Central College (Ill.) won the 45-team meet with 36 points.
Senior Lucy Cheadle raced to the women's individual title in the field of 559 runners with a career-best time of 20:44.01. Her time was more than 17 seconds faster than her previous career-best for the distance. Cheadle defeated the runner-up, Sophia Meehan of Johns Hopkins University, by more than 12 seconds.
"Both races had great national fields, featuring the top-two ranked teams in NCAA Division III and top-ranked Division II team for the women, along with the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked DIII teams and highly ranked DII teams on the men's side," head coach Jeff Stiles said. "It was an NCAA-level field and we executed amazingly well. We had to run without Drew Padgett for the men and Sarah Curci for the women, and still came up big. Overall, there were 32 lifetime personal-bests out of 50 athletes, and Lucy (Cheadle) beating that field bodes really well for nationals. Both teams are running well and coming on strong when it matters most."
Junior Ellen Toennies also ran a career-best time for the WUSTL women, placing 20th overall in a time of 21:45.91. Junior Josh Clark led the Washington U. men with his career-best time of 24:57.6 to finish 23rd in the field of 664 runners.
RESULTS – Top Seven for WUSTL
WOMEN – 6K
1. Lucy Cheadle – 20:44.01
20. Ellen Toennies – 21:45.91
43. Alison Lindsay – 22:19.19
58. Kimberly Johnson – 22:28.65
106. Annie Marggraff – 22:59.22
116. Emily Blagg – 23:05.11
122. Audrey Western – 23:06.66
MEN – 8K
1. Alan Peterson (Grand Valley State) – 24:32.9
23. Josh Clark – 24:57.6
42. Garrett Patrick – 25:17.2
76. Adam Streicher – 25:37.6
80. Ryan Becker – 25:41.6
97. Ian Whittall – 25:50.5
120. Kirby Simon – 25:58.5
128. Dillon Williams – 26:03.7
Up Next: The Washington University men's and women's cross country teams return to action in two weeks when they host the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Saturday, Nov. 1 at Forest Park in St. Louis. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:15 p.m. start for the women's race.