Top 10 Roundup
No. 3 UW-la Crosse tops at Falcon Invite, UW-Eau Claire second
No. 3 Wisconsin-La Crosse at Wisconsin-River Falls Invitational
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Wisconsin-La Crosse opened its 2013 season winning the Wisconsin-River Falls Falcon Invitational Saturday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. The Eagles finished with 33 team points while No. 10 Wisconsin-Eau Claire was second with 35 and Wisconsin-Stout third with 86. A total of six teams competed.
UW-L had eight runners finish in the top-16, including David Stilin who placed sixth overall with a time of 25:33.5 on the 8,000-meter course. Garrett Kerska was seventh (25:34.6) for the Eagles while Alex Ciesielski finished eighth (25:35.2) and Josh Dedering 10th (25:36.9).
The Eagles' Tom Linner finished 12th (25:38.5), Andrew Rohlman 13th (25:43.9), Nate Routhier 15th (25:50.1) and Jacob Peterson 16th (25:54.9).
A total of 95 runners competed.
No. 8 Williams at McGill Invitational
MONTREAL, Quebec -- The squad ventured north for Saturday's McGill Invitational in Montreal, Canada. The 6-kilometer race course runs through the scenic Mount Royal Park, located in the heart of Montreal. In this year's contest, Williams came out on top of the 23-team field that included both collegiate and club teams.
Williams would demonstrate its supreme depth, ultimately placing 13 runners in the top 37 overall finishers. The top group of four remained mostly together, with only a 7 second spread from 1st to 4th. Returning All-American Chris Lee was the Ephs' top finisher, placing 6th overall in 19:12. Behind him was Hale in 7th (19:12), Mazaheri in 9th (19:17) and Inde in 11th (19:19).
The team battle was every bit as tight as Coach Farwell had estimated, with the top 5 runners for Laval and Williams each totaling 43 points. There is no universal tiebreaking procedure for cross country; some meets simply call it a tie, some use each team's 6th runner, some choose the team with the lower total team time, and some use other methods. In Canada, the standard is to give the victory to the team that had 5 runners in first. Folsom's 17th place finish was two spots ahead of Laval's 5th runner, Jean-Samuel Lapointe, thus securing the win for the Ephs.
No. 9 Calvin at Knight Invitational
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Hosting the Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Gainey Athletic Complex, the Knights were able to place three freshman finish in the top seven. Calvin finished third overall with a team score of 142. St. Francis (Ill.) and nearby St. Thomas Aquinas finished first and second with scores of 42 and 74, respectively.
Freshman Zac Nowicki was the first across the line for Calvin, taking fourth overall in 25:15.3.
Calvin then saw a gap of runners before a pack of Knights crossed the finish line. Junior Josh Ferguson was the second Knight to finish, taking 32nd overall in 25:57.8. Junior Jacob Kuyvenhoven and senior Phil Spitzer took 34th and 35th overall, finishing in 25:58.3 and 25:59.1, respectively.
No. 10 Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Wisconsin-River Falls Invitational
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- With four runners finishing in the top 11, the UW-Eau Claire finished in second place out of six teams at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course today.
Eau Claire narrowly trailed winner UW-La Crosse, which finished with 33 points while the Blugolds had 35. UW-Stout was third with 86.
Ryan Mugan led the Blugolds as he took second with a time of 25:15.2, just over nine seconds behind winner Jessop Keene from UW-Stout.
Coming in fourth place was Erik Rosvold with a time of 25:30.6 while Matt Scott took ninth with a time of 25:35.5.
Also scoring for Eau Claire were Christian Leitner in 11th place and Nick Petersson in 17th place.