Women’s Cross Country Races to AAE Invite Title, Men Finish Sixth

Women’s Cross Country Races to AAE Invite Title, Men Finish Sixth

Winneconne, Wis., Oct. 17, 2015 – The top-five runners for the Washington University in St. Louis women's cross country team finished within 58 seconds of each other to lead the Bears to the team title at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh AAE Invitational Pre-National race at the Lake Breeze Golf Club Saturday. The WashU men had five runners finish in the top-75 as they placed sixth in the team standings.

Senior Ellen Toennies (11th) and sophomore Alison Lindsay (15th) posted top-15 finishes for the WashU women, who scored 136 points to win the team title by 29 points over runner-up Willamette University. The women's 6K race featured 46 teams, including 12 ranked in last week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings. Four of WashU's top-seven runners clocked career-best 6K times in the race.

Junior Ryan Becker finished fifth overall with a career-best 8K time of 24:42 to lead the WashU men to a sixth-place finish out of 45 teams. The Bears' top-five runners finished in the top-75 as WashU scored 223 points to edge Central College by one point for sixth place. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the team title with 99 points. Just six points separated the fifth- through eighth-place teams. WashU had five runners race to career-best 8K times.

RESULTS – Top Seven for WashU
WOMEN – 6K – 414 runners
1. Megan Kellogg (St. Lawrence) – 21:11
11. Ellen Toennies – 21:38
15. Alison Lindsay – 21:49
24. Ellie Degen – 21:59
31. Sarah Curci – 22:12
55. Anna Maurer – 22:36
56. Annie Marggraff – 22:37
91. Jeri Glicksman – 22:56

MEN – 8K – 419 runners
1. Josh Thorson (UW-Eau Claire) – 24:17
5. Ryan Becker – 24:42
20. Josh Clark – 25:04
61. David O'Gara – 25:36
64. Dillon Williams – 25:38
73. Ben Rosenkranz – 25:41
96. Elvir Sarajlic – 25:52
101. Peter Johnsrud – 25:54

A second set of races was also contested Saturday at the AAE Invitational. The WashU women finished first out of 21 teams in the Invitational race, scoring 35 points with four runners in the top-10 overall. The WashU men scored 108 points to finish fifth in the Invitational race out of 31 teams.

RESULTS – Top Seven for WashU
WOMEN – 6K – 251 runners
1. Emily Paull (Brooks Unattached) – 21:51
4. Kimberly Johnson – 22:56
5. Joselyn Walsh – 22:58
6. Ahna Buntrock – 23:03
9. Emily Blagg – 23:24
11. Molly Kuhs – 23:27
14. Lisa Gorham – 23:31
16. Nicole Migotsky – 23:37

MEN – 8K – 320 runners
1. James Frederickson (Brooks Unattached) – 25:02
11. Thomas Gales – 25:56
21. Eshan King – 26:20
23. Adam Streicher – 26:26
25. Zac Christensen – 26:29
28. Matt Hibshman – 26:33
32. Chris Blagg – 26:39
34. Conor Cashner – 26:40

Up Next: The WashU cross country teams have next week off to prepare for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.