SOMERS, Wis. –
The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams finished in second and fourth place, respectively, following the first meet of the 2018 campaign at the Vic Godfrey Open at the Dannehl National Cross Country Course on Saturday.
"It was a little bit of a mixed bag today," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson
said. "We saw a lot of great efforts on both sides. From a team perspective, I don't think we're close to where we'll be in a month from now, but today was a good rust buster on both sides."
In the women's 5-kilometer race, the Golden Eagles were led by Mary Hanson
(18:17), who placed third overall, and Caitlin McGauley
(18:49), who placed eighth.
(19:22; 20th), Kendall Pfrimmer
(19:26; 23rd) and Marlie Houston
(19:37; 30th) also placed in the top-30. And not far behind were Lauren Neiheisel
(19:43) and Emily Foley
(19:58) in 33rd and 46th, respectively.
For the men's 8-kilometer race, it was a strong effort up front as Jon Klaiber
(25:53) and Ryan Burd
(26:00) finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
(26:14), who was dealing with an illness, completed a gutsy performance in 14th place overall. Henry Mierzwa
(26:41; 32nd), Matt Cavanaugh
(26:49; 37th), Patrick Burns
(26:52; 40th) and Patrick Bruch
(26:54; 43rd) rounded out the top-seven finishers for Marquette.
"I know we can perform a lot better than what we showed today," Nelson said. "With that said, we still had a lot of solid individual performances. But as a team, we'll definitely show some improvement as the season goes on."
The Golden Eagles are back in action on Friday, Sept. 14, when they head to the Badger Classic hosted by UW-Madison at the Zimmer Championship Course.
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