WINNECONNE, Wis. – It's always good to do your homework, and that is exactly what the cross country teams of MSOE did Saturday morning. Each team competed at the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Invite, which is where the NCAA Regional race will take place in November. The Raiders had to go up against a massive field but still turned in positive results to build off of.
Women's Team – 28th out of 34
Men's Team – 13th out of 34
Kendall Marks – 113th (24:32.7)
Blake Bostwick – 66th (26:24.8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
A total of 68 teams were present for the proceedings yesterday, 34 from each gender all wanting to get a look at the course that could send them to the NCAA championships. This led to an extremely packed field, with sloppy course conditions not helping to ease the difficulty one bit. Still, the men's team placed in the top half of their field, led by Blake Bostwick who was the top overall Raider finisher. The Red & White, who were still disappointed in the results despite some personal bests, placed three other runners in the top 100. Nolan Kozinski crossed the line in 80th, Noah Vaculik in 87th, and Jesse Lambrecht finished in 97th place.
The women didn't have quite the same amount of success as their counterparts, but still should be happy with their results. Although they finished towards the back of the team standings, each runner the Raiders put out on the course for team scoring ended up in the top half of the 419-individual field. Kendall Marks led the charge with a 113th place finish, and Morgan Balog just missed the top 150 when she crossed the finish line in 154th position.
It will be MSOE's chance to bring home some hardware next time out as they compete in the NACC Championships on Saturday, November 2nd. The race, which will take place at Greenfield Park in West Allis, is schedule for 11:00 am.