Winneconne, Wis., Oct. 19, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's cross country teams both collected top-5 finishes at the 2019 Kollege Town Sports Invitational on Saturday morning at the Lake Breeze Golf Club.
The WashU women's squad defended their team title with 27 points racing on the 6K course while the men's squad tied for fourth with University of Chicago after compiling 105 points in the 8K contest.
Juniors Katie Snodgrass and Megan Girmscheid both tallied career-best marks. Snodgrass crossed the finish line at 22:16.3 in seventh-place while Girmscheid finished in tenth at 22:18.9. Freshman Ella Behrens turned in a career-best time of 22:22.2 in 11thplace.
Senior Nick Matteucci paced the men's field and the Bears with a first-place time of 24:43.1, seven full seconds ahead of the meet runner up. Senior Marco Quaroni crossed the finish line in 13th at 25:20.6.
WashU sophomores Jacob Ridderhoff and Patrick Norrick both posted career-best times. Ridderhoff came in 18th at 25:30.3 while Norrick turned in a time of 25:40.2 at 34th. Senior Jack Sebok rounded out the Bears' scoring with a time of 25:46.9 finishing 43rd.
The Bears competed against 74 of the nation's top cross country programs, including nine nationally ranked teams from the men's side and six nationally ranked women's programs.
WashU will gear up for the University Athletic Association Championships (UAA) on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event will take place at Schenley Park, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pa.