WashU XC Runs Away With Firsts at Gil Dodds Invite

Photos by Scott and Brad Margolin/WUSTL Photos
Photos by Scott and Brad Margolin/WUSTL Photos
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Warrenville, Ill., Sept. 15, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country program ran away with victory at the Gil Dodds Invitational hosted by Wheaton College at the St. James Farm Saturday morning.

The No. 7-ranked men's team nearly finished with a perfect score led by senior Bradley Hodkinson's first place finish as he outkicked the challenger across the end line. The No. 2-ranked WashU women were led by junior Sophie Watterson's second place finish.

"It was all about execution," said head coach Jeff Stiles. "We believed in what we were doing, reserving energy at the start and saving it for the finish. They put on a clinic with their execution."

WashU Men 8K – 19 points – 25:23 Avg. Time

No. 1-ranked North Central's B team placed second with 61 points, followed by Chicago (80), Cornell (153) and Illinois-Springfield (185).

Cornell's Mason Wicker made a last leg push to disrupt the Bears contention for the top-five times. He passed the WashU group of runners with about 100-meters remaining but was caught by Hodkinson in a late kick.

Hodkinson crossed the finish line in 25:21.7, his first event competing for the Bears. The two-time All-American entered the Bears program during his senior season after graduating from Pacific Lutheran with a degree in physics. He averaged a 5:06 mile pace which third place finisher and senior Bears teammate Peter Johnsrud matched. Johnsrud concluded the course in 25:23.9.

Junior Nick Matteucci was next to cross the line for WashU, posting a time of 25:24.1 as junior Marco Quaroni was a split second behind (25:24.8). Graduate David O'Gara was the final Bear to score, posting a 25:25.1 time, as WashU's top-five runners averaged a 25:23 time.

Graduate Kirby Simon placed eighth overall (25:33.9), while sophomore Joe Stover also placed in the top-15 (25:47.8). Out of 245 runners WashU had 28 of 30 runners finish in the top-100.

WashU Women 6K – 24 points – 22:35 Avg. Time

The Bears women placed five in the top-7 led by Watterson's 22:20.0. She averaged a 5:59 pace to place second overall. WashU placed four consecutive runners from the fourth placement on. 

Freshman Gabby McGinn started the string of four Bears in a row. She placed fourth with a time of 22:32.0 and followed by senior Lisa Gorham (22:33.0), sophomore Katie Snodgrass (22:44.0) and sophomore Megan Girmscheid (22:44.2).

Freshmen Michaela Jones (17th-23:18.7) and Emma Walter (19th-23:20.2) also had top-20 finishes for WashU.

More than 250 runners competed in the women's 6K race as WashU had 23 of 27 finish with top-100 times.

Top Seven Times:

Men's 8K

1. Bradley Hodkinson – 25:21.7 (5:06 pace)

3. Peter Johnsrud – 25:23.9 (5:06 pace)

4. Nick Matteucci – 25:24.1 (5:07 pace)

5. Marco Quaroni – 25:24.8 (5:07 pace)

6. David O'Gara – 25:25.1 (5:07 pace)

8. Kirby Simon – 25:33.9 (5:08 pace)

14. Joe Stover – 25:47.8 (5:11 pace)

Women's 6K

2. Sophie Watterson – 22:20.0 (5:59 pace)

4. Gabby McGinn – 22:32.0 (6:03 pace)

5. Lisa Gorham – 22:39.2 (6:04 pace)

6. Katie Snodgrass – 22:44.0 (6:06 pace)

7. Megan Girmscheid – 22:44.2 (6:06 pace)

17. Michaela Jones – 23:18.7 (6:15 pace)

19. Emma Walter – 23:20.2