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The Wartburg cross country teams brought impressive finishes to the 27th Annual Roy Griak Invitational held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.
The No. 10 ranked women’s team placed second out of thirty teams, only twelve points behind champion No. 13 UW-Eau Claire.
The Knights are ranked No. 1 in the Central Region and defeated every team in their region that was at the meet Saturday.
Individual performers included Alana Enabit placing third with a time of 22:05, Sammi Bruett placing 10th with a time of 22:47 and Haddi Vawter running a 23:31 to place 20th out of around 400 runners.
Rounding out the team scoring were Erin Sawyers, who was 29th in 23:57 and Lauren Mapes’ 24:14, good for 46th.
The men’s team finished sixth at the Roy Griak Invitational with 194 points, 12 points ahead of seventh place St. Olaf.
The Oles are ranked No. 1 in the Central Region while the Knights are No. 5.
The only team in the region that beat Wartburg was No. 2 Central. The Dutch tied for fourth with 103 points.
No. 3 Loras and No. 4 Luther did not compete at the Griak Invitational.
UW-La Crosse won the meet with 45 points.
Top individual performers included Sam Reid finishing 15th with a time of 26:18, Chase Moser finishing 26th with a time of 26:38, and Bennett Moser running a 26:50 for 33rd.
Parker Comentino placed 52nd with a 27:20 while Shane Warehime took 68th with a 26:18 to wrap up the team scoring.
“We had great performances on both teams and we’re excited about our next meet at home next week,” said head coach Steve Johnson, head cross country coach.
This Saturday, the Knights will host their first and only home meet of the season.
The Dan Huston Invitational begins at 10:45 a.m. with the women’s race. The men’s race will follow that at 11:30 a.m.
The women will be looking to defend their 2011 Dan Huston championship in which they scored 69 points, holding off Gustavus Adolphus by four.
The men placed third last year with 83 points, 20 behind champion Loras.