The Northwestern men and women’s cross country teams each pulled in a second place finish this week at the Buena Vista Invite.
“It was a tough meet for the team,” head coach Dale Thompson said. “We are tired, some are sick and we ran that way today.”
The men finished with 57 points, putting them behind Dordt, who had 15 points. Following NW was Wartburg, Buena Vista and Briar Cliff.
Two of the top ten finishers came from NW. Senior Lee Stover led the pack for the Raiders, finishing in seventh place in 27:41. Following Stover was freshman Sean Guthmiller with a time of 27:51 and finishing in tenth.
“Stover had a solid race for the men,” Thompson said. “We just could not get our packs far enough into the scoring to make a difference.”
Other top Raider men runners were senior Kyle Gerhard, senior Jack Pederson and freshman Jesse Baldwin. Gerhard was 11th overall with a time of 27:53. Pederson crossed the line at 28:12 and finished in 14th place. Directly behind Pederson was Baldwin running 28:13.
The women of NW managed to pull in 35 points but still finished second to Dordt, who had 29 points. Briar Cliff finished third and Wartburg finished fourth on the day.
Four of the top ten and seven of the top 15 were Raiders. Senior Ingrid Carlson led NW with a 27:24 and a third place finish. Following Carlson was sophomore Teresa Scholten in fifth, senior Angela Wiggins ninth and junior Sara Hess in tenth.
“Two senior women had a good race,” Thompson said. “Ingrid Carlson led the way and Angela Wiggins brought along the pack.”
“We are anxious for the next meets,” Thompson said, as the Raiders will travel this week to the Briar Cliff Invite. The gun is set to go off on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.