St. Louis, Mo., September 1, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country program began the 2017 season in dominant fashion as both the women's and men's teams finished atop Greenville College on Friday evening in Forest Park.
The women scored a perfect 15 score with the top-five times while the men finished with a score of 20 compared to Greenville's 35. Freshman Annemarie Michael (14:38.1) and junior Matt Jenkins (19:12.7) placed first in both their respective 4K and 5.83K races.
Following Michael in successive order for the Bears' perfect score were freshmen Megan Girmscheid (15:09.6), Katie Snodgrass (15:13.9), Zarya deSouza (15:15.4) and sophomore Katherine Penvose (15:29.3). Sophomore Sahara Ensley placed sixth individually (15:30.1), while freshman Caroline Stocking finished eighth (15:54.2) and sophomore Sage Loh finished in 12th (17:08.0) out of 19 total runners.
On the men's side, Greenville's John Mangold took second place after Jenkins crossed the finish line nearly eight seconds ahead of the runner-up. The Bears' posted the three next best successive times with sophomore Jackson Hyde (19:21.9), and freshmen Nathan Ostdiek (19:37.1) and Pratyay Bishnupuri (19:48.3). Freshman Nathan Soria concluded the race for the WashU men with a time of 19:58.9, placing seventh overall out of 19 competitors.
The Bears will next compete in the Gil Dodds Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16 at St. James Farm in Winfield, Ill. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.