Cross Country Opens Season with Runner-Up Finishes

Cross Country Opens Season with Runner-Up Finishes

Warrenville, Ill., September 21, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country program ran to second place finishes in the opening full-distance race of the season during the Gil Dodds Invitational in Warrenville, Ill. Saturday morning.

The No. 1-ranked women's team placed second overall with 49 points while averaging a 6K time of 22:49 in its first 6K course of the season. Junior Katie Snodgrass led the women with a time of 22:31.4, placing fourth overall. In addition, WashU had two more top-10 placements including junior Megan Girmscheid (22:35.0) and freshman Ella Behrens (22:44.0). Sophomore Sophie Young (22:59.6) and freshman Emily Konkus (23:17.1) rounded out the Bears top-five times to count out of more than 170 runners.

The No. 3-ranked men also claimed second place with an identical point total to the women. The men's 49 points were led by fourth and fifth place finishes by junior Joe Stover and senior Marco Quaroni.

Stover finished the 8K course in 25:26.0 while Quaroni captured fifth nearly five seconds later with a time of 25:31.1. Sophomore Jacob Ridderhoff took 11th place with the Bears third fastest time of the day, 25:46.8. Senior Noah Trimark and junior Scott Mitchell eclipsed the 26-minute mark and crossed the finish line in 15th and 16th place. Trimark concluded the race in 25:56.4 and Mitchell followed suite two seconds later.

Winning the women's race was No. 4 Chicago, while No. 1 North Central claimed the top finish among the men. Chicago totaled 34 points and NCC tallied 29.

2. Women – 49 points

4. Katie Snodgrass – 22:31.4

5. Megan Girmscheid – 22:35.0

9. Ella Behrens – 22:44.0

13. Sophie Young – 22:59.6

18. Emily Konkus – 23:17.1

2. Men – 49 points

4. Joe Stover – 25:26.0

5. Marco Quaroni – 25:31.1

11. Jacob Ridderhoff – 25:46.8

15. Noah Trimark – 25:56.4

16. Scott Mitchell – 25:58.4