This past Saturday, the Cross Country team competed in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Men’s team finished 13th overall in the 8K race, with top times from junior Zach Gates (26:17.82), sophomore Phil Cano (26:48.07) and freshman Sam Wietlspach (26:53.75). Also competing for the Hawks were sophomore Andrew Montague (27:00.81), senior Wes Villalobos (27:17.18), senior Phil Theisen (27:40.80), junior Kenny Murphy (27:45.60), sophomore Ethan Montague (27:51.92), junior Derek Burge-Beckley (28:55.30), freshman Jeffery Sommerfield (29:24.24), sophomore John Pasowicz (30:56.36), and freshmen Felipe Prada (31:13.08) and Manny Leon-Madrigal (32:01.77).
The Women’s team finished 12th overall. The 5K race saw top finishes from freshman Abby Jahn who finished 29th overall with a time of 18:59.40. Also with top finishes were freshman Courtney Rouse (19:10.26), sophomore Jordan Kelch (19:33.24) and senior Maddy Jensen (20:11.14). Also running for the Lady Hawks were junior Claudia Garcia (20:28.33), junior Kira Vincent (20:30.90), freshman Ann Crotteau (20:39.43), junior Emily Kraemer (22:01.12), senior Jacquiline Roche (23:20.07), senior Courtney Lamoureux (24:18.03), sophomore Erin Chapman (27:56.90), and senior Annie Hutches (31:59.08).
On October 15th, the team traveled to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to compete in the Brooks Invitational. For the Men’s team, Cano finished with a 27:17, followed closely by Gates ( 27:26), Theisen (27:43) and Montague (27:48). Wietlispach finished with a time of 27:59, Murphy with a 28:03, and Villalobos with a 28:11.
On the Women’s side, Rouse finished with a final time of 23:45, followed closely by Jahn with a 23:49. Kelch finished with a time of 24:24, Vincent with a 25:14, followed closely by Jensen (25:27), Garcia (25:35) and Crotteau (26:02).
The Hawks now enter their championship season, with the CCAC Conference meet on November 5th, and the NAIA National Championships, for any who qualify, on the 19th in Vancouver, Washington.