Warrenville, Ill., Sept. 16, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country men and women posted first place finishes at the Gil Dodds Invitational hosted by Wheaton (Ill.) College Saturday morning at St. James Farm Forest Preserve. The WashU men and women have placed first at the Gil Dodds Invitational three straight years, after they both posted runner-up finishes in 2014.
The Bears men tallied 21 points which halved runner-up North Central (Ill.) College's 42-point effort as senior David O'Gara and junior Peter Johnsrud placed one and two individually for WashU among 181 competitors. The WashU women scored 22 points with an average time of 22:33 by the top-five Bear performances, which outpaced second-place Wheaton (47) by 20 seconds.
The WashU men finished with eight of the top-10 overall times in the Bears first 8K race of the 2017 campaign. Following O'Gara (25:06.0) and Johnsrud (25:36.8) were two runners from North Central before the Bears qualified runners five through 10 in order: sophomore Marco Quaroni (25:58.1), freshman Joe Stover (26:04.2), senior Kirby Simon (26:04.9), senior Ben Rosenkranz (26:005.6), freshman Tucker Cera (26:06.4) and junior Chas Warden (26:13.9).
The WashU women similarly posted seven of the top-10 times in the 6K as senior Audrey Western (22:24.5) led the way for the Bears posting the second best time overall, behind Wheaton's Hannah Roeske (22:20.8). Senior Anna Maurer (22:30.1), freshman Lara Rix (22:33.1) and junior Ellie Degen (22:36.3) posted the third through fifth best times, while junior Molly Shepherd (8th-22:42.3) and sophomore Elizabeth Hagstrom (10th-22:54.0) also represented the Bears in the top-10.
"We competed well and that's what it's all about," offered WashU head coach Jeff Stiles.
The Bears will return to action Friday, Sept. 29 in the Millikin H.W. Wright Classic held at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Ill. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.