West Salem, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse women's cross country team placed third at the 20th Annual Tori
Neubauer Invitational Saturday morning at Maple Grove Country Club. The
Eagles totaled 100 team points while Wartburg College (Iowa) won the
team crown with 81 points. The University of Minnesota was second with
Iowa Central College placed fourth (140) while the University of Nebraska-Omaha was fifth (153). St. Olaf College, Minn. placed sixth (166) followed by the College of St. Benedict, Minn. (266), Nebraska Wesleyan University (269), Luther College, Iowa (279) and UW-River Falls (299). A total of 30 teams competed.
Laura Mead was UW-L's top finisher Saturday, placing fifth overall with a time of 21:44.5 on the 6,000-meter course. The Eagles' Alyssa Luker finished 12th (22:31.8) and Natalie Powell 13th (22:32.8).
Other runners in the top-50 for UW-L included Rebecca Zych finishing 28th (23:00.2) and Kelsey Boyle 42nd (23:14.7).
UW-L's Rachel Schroeder was 57th (23:29.4), Taylor Bauer 70th (23:39.0), Ellen Smith 83rd (23:47.4), Katie Oden 91st (23:53.3) and Krystina Hoey 95th (23:54.6).
Lisa Rydeen placed 102nd (23:58.0) for the Eagles while Abbey Singleton was 126th (24:13.7), Morgan Riese 127th (24:13.8), Alicia Olsen 171st (24:40.0), Karina Nielsen 193rd (24:54.7), Mackenzie Hoffman 203rd (24:57.9), Kelsey Osborn 204th (24:58.8), Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel 213th (25:01.8), Katie Henriksen 219th (25:04.0), Cassie Pratt 234th (25:10.8), Sara Normington 275th (25:37.6), Courtney Frahm 336th (26:28.1) and Haley McCullough 412nd (27:54.4).
"It was a beautiful day for cross country," said UW-L head coach Derek Stanley. "The course was in the best shape I have seen it in a couple of years. Temps were perfect and the wind calm which set up for fair and competitive competition.
"The women executed the strategy we talked about perfectly. Our goal was to score 100 pts. or less and we accomplished that goal. I believe we are even a stronger team than we showed today. The women are rolling right now and the momentum seems to be gaining."
Tricia Serres of Luther College (Iowa) won the individual title (21:19.3). A total of 471 runners competed.
UW-L returns to action Friday, October 25 at the Luther College (Iowa) Dual at 4:30 p.m.