John McCauley, Contributor
On Sept. 23, the Lewis men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at Augustana’s Brassman-Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Ill.
The men’s team finished fourth overall with 142 points. Host Augustana won the meet with 43 points. Lewis sophomore Andrew McClain won the men’s 8k race in a time of 24:52, beating over 330 runners.
McClain broke ahead early in the race, while the rest of the Lewis runners formed a tightly-knit pack. Adam Woods (32nd, 25:59), Ross Goers (35th, 26:03), Stefan Hueber (36th, 26:03) and Thomas Campbell (38th, 26:06) were the other runners to score for Lewis, all finishing in the top 40. Rocky Medero (48th, 26:14) and Ryan Bybee (49th, 26:15) rounded out Lewis’ top seven.
The women’s team turned in a third place finish. The top performer for the Flyers was freshmen Kayla Patterson. Patterson took 20th place, running the 6k course in 22:59. Coming in right behind Patterson was Ashley Lucas. Lucas placed 25th with a time of 23:14. Julie Jarrett (30th, 23:28), Elizabeth Roush (33rd, 23:31) and Krysten Sebby (34th, 23:31) rounded out the scoring for Lewis. Emily Gallup (46th 23:37) and Monica Hahn (60th, 24:05) completed the Flyers’ top seven.
Head coach Dana Schwarting was impressed with both the men and women’s performances.
“Our teams both ran well as a pack,” Schwarting said. “They both looked very strong.”
The top five finishers for the women’s team all finished within 35 seconds of each other, which highlighted strong pack running. The women’s team is still awaiting the return of Ciersten Deardorf and Amy Clawson so that they can be back at full strength once their conference meet rolls around.
As of now, Schwarting believes both teams are ahead of where they were last year.
“We had a solid year last year, but we are setting the bar a little higher for this year,” Schwarting said.
The Flyers’ next race is at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational on Oct. 7.
Photo provided by Steve Woltmann.