Chicago, Ill., Sept. 29, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country program ran to top-10 finishes at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational, with the majority of the competition consisting of Division I teams from throughout the country Saturday afternoon in Chicago.
The No. 2-ranked WashU women placed sixth out of 33 programs, totaling 217 points with a 17:59 5K time from the top five Bears times. Princeton led the field with 65 points (17:22) followed by Grand Valley State's 79 (17:25), Ohio State's 85 (17:29), Illinois' 110 (17:36) and Missouri's 140 (17:44).
The No. 2-ranked WashU men placed seventh of 26 teams competing. The Bears top-five runners averaged an 8K time of 25:05, totaling 183 points. The top-five programs on the men's side were Grand Valley (59 points, 24:23 pace), McMaster (115, 24:49), Nebraska (144, 24:50), Arizona (156, 24:52) and Texas A&M (161, 25:02). Division III's No. 10-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse finished sixth overall (169, 25:01).
Junior Paige Lawler and graduate student Aly Wayne returned to the Bears lineup Saturday afternoon during the 5K course in Chicago and took charge. The duo scored the top two times for WashU as Lawler led the way with a time of 17:18 to place 11th overall and Wayne finished in 17:37 for 21st place.
The Red & Green's three through five runners were junior Sophie Watterson (49th, 18:10), freshman Gabby McGinn (63rd, 18:17) and senior Lisa Gorham (73rd, 18:30). Also placing in the top-100 of 380 overall runners (including racing alums) was sophomore Megan Girmscheid (18:36).
11. Paige Lawler – 17:18
21. Aly Wayne – 17:37
49. Sophie Watterson – 18:10
63. Gabby McGinn – 18:17
73. Lisa Gorham – 18:30
81. Megan Girmscheid – 18:36
84. Katie Snodgrass – 18:39
Senior Brad Hodkinson and grad student David O'Gara dropped an abundance of time from their most recent race at the Gil Dodds Invite two weeks ago to lead WashU at Loyola this weekend. Hodkinson finished the 8K course in 24:41 to place 14th overall. O'Gara placed 20th with a time of 24:47. The duo were just two of four DIII athletes to finish in the top-25.
Junior Nick Matteucci finished 35th overall with the Bears third best time, 25:06. Senior Peter Johnsrud finished with the Bears fourth time, crossing the finish line in 25:23, while graduate student Kirby Simon (25:27) rounded out WashU's lineup. Johnsrud placed 54th and Simon 58th out of 349 competitors.
14. Brad Hodkinson – 24:41
20. David O'Gara – 24:47
35. Nick Matteucci – 25:06
54. Peter Johnsrud – 25:23
58. Kirby Simon – 25:27
61. Chris Blagg – 25:31
67. Chas Warden – 25:32
WashU's next race will be in Winneconne, Wis. at the Brooks Invite on Saturday, Oct. 13. The site will also play host to this year's NCAA Championships in November. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.