The men’s and women’s cross country teams were back in action this weekend at the Lewis Crossover in Romeoville, Illinois, after not racing last weekend.
The women’s team finished fourth and were led by junior Morgan Fuerst who finished in 14th. In the men’s race, sophomore CarLee Stimpfel finished the eight kilometer race in fifth, leading the men to a 10th place team finish. Stimpfel was followed by fellow sophomore Dayton Brown, who finished 26th.
Kicking off the day’s events was the women’s race. In less than ideal conditions, The Cardinals were able to put three runners in the top 25 in the six kilometer race.
Fuerst led the women’s team, running a time of 23:08. Fuerst was followed by teammate Jenna Keiser, who finished just a few seconds behind her in a time of 23:12, good for 18th place.
Fuerst said she was happy with the teams continued improvement and pack running.
“We got fourth overall as a team compared to ninth last year which is a huge improvement,” Fuerst said. “We all ran really strong and packed up nicely today.”
Following the women’s race was the men’s 8000 meter contest. The men entered the race ranked 22nd nationally and faced nine other nationally ranked programs.
Similar to the women’s race, the men faced poor conditions that made the course wet and muddy.
The Cardinals second finisher, Brown, said the conditions made racing difficult today.
“It was super muddy with lots of puddles,” Brown said. “Some guy tripped me, and I got my leg wrapped up in the rope barriers and had to untangle myself which was tough given the conditions.”
The men struggled to overcome the rough conditions and saw their worst Invitational performance of the year but were still able to record some notable performances.
Stimpfel led The Cardinals in a fifth place finish, running a time of 25:19.
“It was overall a good effort despite the conditions of the course.” Stimpfel said.
Both the men and women cross country teams will take next weekend off from racing to prepare for the GLIAC Championships hosted by Purdue Northwest on Saturday, Oct. 26.