Wartburg’s cross country programs shined in their only home invitational of the season this weekend.
Both teams are ranked nationally, with the men’s team ranked 25th and the women’s team ranked 33rd.
Women’s team captain Dakota Tell said she is proud of the team’s national recognition.
“It’s cool to see how we ranked nationally, but it’s even better to see that all the hard work both teams have put in this summer and this season is getting recognized nationally,” Tell said.
The men and women’s teams also took home the title of Dan Huston Invitational Champions.
On the women’s side, Tell led the team with a time of 23:16. That time placed Tell in second.
Tell said her goal for the race was to not only do well herself, but also push a new teammate.
“My goal yesterday was to push my new teammate Ashlyn Bagge and get her out, because it was her first ever 6K,” Tell said. “She had an awesome first cross country race and she really is going to push me to become an even better runner this season.”
Gillian Feller ran a time of 24:04. She finished in fifth place overall.
Shae McEnany finished behind Feller in sixth place and a time of 24:15.
Gabrielle Marchino ran a time of 24:45 and placed eighth.
Coming in ninth place was Nicole Breitbach with a time of 24:50.
Parry Larson finished in 18th place with a time of 25:23.
Rounding out the top seven Wartburg finishers was Ashley Stevens with a time of 25:37.
For the men’s team, Wartburg was led by Kailas Kokare, who finished second overall with a time of 26:28.1.
Aaron O’Leary ran a time of 26:50.1 and finished in sixth place.
Eli Kaczinski finished in seventh place with a time of 26:50.1.
Finishing in eighth place was Jerry Frawley with a time of 26:57.5.
Joel Toppin ran a time of 26:58.2 and finished in ninth place.
Coming in tenth place was Caleb Appleton with a time of 27:04.3.
Finishing out the top seven finishers for the Orange and Black was Lee Scott with a time of 27:04.3.
Frawley said that the invitational was just a minor win, compared to the rest of the season’s competitions.
“Winning the Dan Huston is just another stepping stone in our season,” Frawley said. “It is the smallest meet we have on our schedule, so we wanted to take this opportunity to have fun and enjoy running in our own backyard.”
Next up for Wartburg’s cross country team will be the meet at UW-Oshkosh.
Frawley said the team is looking forward to that meet on October 15.
“This will be our biggest regular season meet,” Frawley said. “So, since this is a huge meet, we will be focusing on it over the next two weeks of practice.”