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The No. 11 ranked Wartburg women’s cross country team finished ahead of every Division III team at the Tori Neubauer Invitational hosted by UW-La Crosse Saturday.
The Knights placed second with 99 points in their final regular season meet, just 17 behind champion Minnesota, a Division I team.
Alana Enabnit won the individual title with a time 21:41, 13 seconds ahead of the next best runner, St. Olaf’s Jorden Johnson.
Sammi Bruett ran a 22:07 to place fourth out of 433 runners.
Haddie Vawter placed 17th with a time of 22:41, Erin Sawyers ran a 22:59, good for 26th place and Morgan Gerdes rounded out the team scoring with her 53rd place in a time of 23:32.
The Knights are still ranked No. 1 in the Central Region and are off until the Iowa Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 27 in Cedar Rapids.
The only other IIAC team ranked in the region is Luther at No. 5.
The No. 35 men’s team finished 13th at the Jim Drews Invitational, hosted by UW-La Crosse, with 354 points.
IIAC teams Central (third), Luther (eighth) and Simpson (12th) placed ahead of the Knights while UW-La Crosse won the meet with 45 points.
Sam Read once again led Wartburg with his 18th-place finish in a time of 25:50.
Chase Moser finished 67th individually in 26:35 and Shane Kirchoff took 85th in a time of 26:46.
Also scoring for the Knights Saturday were Ryan Kloberdanz who ran a time of 26:58 and finished 102nd as well as Adam Best who finished 120th out of 461 runners in a time of 27:12.
Like the women, the men are off until the IIAC Championships in two weeks.
Before Saturday’s meet, Wartburg was ranked No. 3 in the Central Region behind IIAC foes Central and Loras. Luther (No. 6) also represents the IIAC in the region rankings.