Cross Country Battles to Fifth Place Among Nation’s Best

Photos by WUSTL Photos/Mary Butkus
Photos by WUSTL Photos/Mary Butkus

Elsah, Ill., Oct. 14, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country men and women both placed fifth overall in the Principia College Cowbell Classic on Saturday morning, during a hot and humid race on the North Farm Cross Country Course.

The men placed fifth out of 38 teams competing, which included 17 teams ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top-35 poll. Claiming the event was No. 1-ranked North Central followed by No. 2 Geneseo, No. 5 Pomona Pitzer, No. 11 Loras and No. 8 WashU to round out the top-five.

The women finished in fifth place out of 36 teams in competition of which 15 were listed on the latest USTFCCCA Top-35 list. No. 1-ranked Johns Hopkins placed first narrowly edging out No. 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by two points. No. 4 Geneseo, No. 24 Wheaton and No. 2 WashU completed the top-five scores.

Senior David O'Gara had the highest individual finish among the Bears when he crossed the 8K finish line in 25:03.80. Junior Peter Johnsrud was next to conclude the course for the men finishing in 28th place with a time of 25:42.94. Sophomore Marco Quaroni (26:03.13) finished just ahead of sophomore Nick Matteucci (26:04.36) as he encouraged his teammate across the finish line.

Freshman Tucker Cera posted the fifth and final time to count for the Bears when he crossed the line at 26:29.60. Seconds later freshman Joe Stover (26:34.51) crossed the finish line as did junior Chris Blagg (26:37.52) to finish within the top-100 racers out of more than 354 entries.

The women were led by senior Alison Lindsay's season-best time of 22:35.81 during the 6K. Senior Audrey Western (22:40.56) finished about five seconds behind Lindsay while junior Ellie Degen (22:57.10) and senior Mattie Gottbrath (23:06.21) ended the race within the top-50 runners.

Closing out the women's scoring times was senior Anna Maurer (23:09.95) as she finished in 52nd place while the Bears combined for four times within the 50-60 range. Freshmen Annemarie Michael (23:12.83) and Lara Rix (23:13.37) as well as junior Jeri Glicksman (23:15.42) crossed the finish line within the top-60 runners out of 332 competitors to finish the race.

Up next for the Bears is the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Woodland Park, N.J. at the Garrett Mountain Reservation. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Men's Team Scores

Placement

Name

Team Score

Total Time

Average Time

1

North Central

47

2:06:03.91

25:12.79

2

Geneseo

150

2:08:13.31

25:38.67

3

Pomona-Pitzer

156

2:08:38.07

25:43.62

4

Loras

181

2:09:19.84

25:51.97

5

WashU

207

2:09:23.83

25:52.77

 

Women's Team Scores

Placement

Name

Score

Total Time

Average

1

Johns Hopkins

74

1:50:06.12

22:01.23

2

MIT

76

1:50:12.32

22:02.47

3

Geneseo

141

1:53:05.73

22:37.15

4

Wheaton

178

1:53:58.86

22:47.78

5

WashU

185

1:54:29.63

22:53.93

 

 

Men's Individual Times

Placement

Name

Time

5

David O'Gara

25:03.80

28

Peter Johnsrud

25:42.94

47

Marco Quaroni

26:03.13

48

Nick Matteucci

26:04.36

86

Tucker Cera

26:29.60

91

Joe Stover

26:34.51

97

Chris Blagg

26:37.52

112

Chas Warden

26:44.67

122

Kyle Cepeda

26:49.23

210

Elvir Sarajlic

27:55.28

293

Ben Gersch

30:04.31

 

Women's Individual Times

Placement

Name

Time

24

Alison Lindsay

22:35.81

27

Audrey Western

22:40.56

38

Ellie Degen

22:57.10

47

Mattie Gottbrath

23:06.21

52

Anna Maurer

23:09.95

56

Annemarie Michael

23:12.83

57

Lara Rix

23:13.58

60

Jeri Glicksman

23:15.42

73

Lisa Gorham

23:25.10

82

Molly Shepherd

23:38.70

100

Elizabeth Hagstrom

23:54.50

136

Abby Martin

24:19.88