This year’s Gene Davis Invitational was characterized by its muddy track and brutally cold winds, but Lawrence’s cross country teams were still able to put up some impressive results.
For the women’s cross-country competition, the team registered a sixth place team finish and a point total of 173, and Viking Leah Hawksford placed seventh individually, completing the 6,000-meter course with a time of 24:36.6. In the standings, Lawrence alum Cheyenne Moore placed first at a 22:37.5 completion time, and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the competition with a total of 15 points.
For the men’s competition, Lawrence placed third of nine male teams with 95 points. Though the team could not best St. Norbert (57 points, first place) or UW-Oshkosh (73 points, second place), Lawrence had some individual stats to behold. Senior runner Joe Kortenhof crushed the competition Saturday, placing first overall with a completion time of 25:51, a full 20 seconds ahead of the nearest runner, Lawrence alum Josh Janusiak ’19. As a matter of fact, the closest runner without a Lawrence affiliation (Joe Gasick of St. Norbert College) was nearly a minute behind the winning time, completing the course in 26:36.7. In addition, two other Lawrentians finished in the individual top ten: junior Cullen Allard placed fourth with 26:40.7 and freshman Teslin Stecher placed ninth with a final time of 27:19.6.
LU hopes to improve on these performances this Saturday, where the XC team will compete in the Kollegetown Invitational in Winneconne, Wis.