Women take first, men claim fourth at cross country invitational

Jesse Belcher

The women’s cross country team sent a strong message to the rest of the conference with its performance at last weekend’s Ripon Invitational. With the absence of Courtney Miller, the Lady Vikes were led by Viking of the Week Colleen Detjens, who finished third overall in a time of 19:29 over the five thousand-meter course.

The Vikings, who placed first out of 11 teams, had strong showings from seventh-placed Jess Moser and eighth-placed Rachel Lucas, who finished in 20:10 and 20:13 respectively.

Rounding out the scoring for the women were Kelly Scheer in 13th and Jamie Marincic in 16th with a time of 20:55.

The men also placed well, taking fourth place out of 13 teams with a score of 92 points. Phil Keith and Paul Schonfeld competed against each other as well as against other racers as they finished in seventh and eighth places, in times of 28:38.30 and 28:38.90.

David Quinlan was the next Viking to cross the finish line of the eight thousand-meter course, placing 14th, followed by Mitchell Goodman in 20th and with Will Daniels rounding out the scoring by claiming the 43rd position.

The next meet for the cross country team is tomorrow at Beloit College for the English Style Invitaitonal, where both teams hope to continue to impress.

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