Edwardsville, Ill., Oct. 1, 2016 – The men's and women's cross country programs ran to first place finishes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's John Flamer Invitational which featured multiple Division I programs on Saturday morning.
Junior Aly Wayne led all women runners regardless of Division completing the course in 22:00.98, topping SIUE's Haley Miller.
The WashU women led the field with 18 points with seven of the top eight times and finished with a lower team time than Division I SIUE and Saint Louis University. The Bears collective time of 1:53:20.84 were more than a minute faster than SIUE's 1:54:56.81. Saint Joseph's College (47) and Missouri Baptist University (77) trailed the Bears amongst the Division III competition during the women's six kilometer race.
Junior David O'Gara led all Division III runners with a time of 25:36.59, only trailing Division I time of SIUE's Keith Meyer (25:02.84). Collectively the men finished the course with an average time of 26:08.30 while the runner-up time was SIUE's 26:11.78. The men finished with 19 points against Division III opposition with Saint Joseph's College (42) and Missouri Baptist University (81) closing out the field.
"Both teams ran with a lot of grit," said head coach Jeff Stiles. "Both teams have a long way to go, but we got better today and this put us in a good position moving forward."
This is the third straight season the WashU women have won the John Flamer Invitational.
JOHN FLAMER INVITATIONAL RESULTS – TOP SEVEN FOR WASHU
WOMEN – 6K – 54 runners
1. Aly Wayne – 22:00.98
2. Alison Lindsay – 22:30.89
4.Elizabeth Hagstrom – 22:43.04
5. Ellie Degen – 22:54.19
6. Paige Lawler – 23:11.74
7. Kimberly Johnson – 23:27.81
8. Audrey Western – 23:32.30
MEN – 8K – 56 runners
1. David O'Gara – 25:36.59
4.Nick Matteucci – 26:09.93
5. Brody Roush – 26:12.59
6. Dillon Williams – 26:16.53
7. Marco Quaroni – 26:25.84
9. Kirby Simon – 26:35.79
10. Peter Johnsrud – 26:37.20