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Cross country shortened due to heat

September 29, 2017

Last Friday the Fighting Scots cross country team traveled to Rock Island for Augustana College’s annual Brissman-Lundeen Invitational. Due to a high heat index, both races were shortened with the women running a 5k and the men running four miles.

Starting with the men, senior Cooper Pauley finished in the top 20 with a time of 21:02 leading the Scots team through the race. Following Pauley, junior Tate Heiple finished close behind the leaders, clocking in with a time of 21:48.

Leading a tight five-man pack, junior Tyler Bland scored a time of 23:23 and was followed by freshman Griffin Morrill, junior Jay Gray, sophomore Mike Bersell, and sophomore Tanner Heiple.

Following thepack, sophomore Hunter Todd finished off for the Scots roster. The men placed 14th as a team in the blue race.

The Fighting Scots women’s team also had a good outing considering the weather for Friday’s race.

Leading off the Scots, senior Joanna Podosek finished 9th overall with a time of 19:37. Following Podosek and leading the main group of Scots, junior Kate Saulcy clocked in a time of 20:51 followed by senior Kelci Foss (21:26) and junior Caitlyn Allen (21:28).

Closely behind the main pack, another pack of Scots formed that consisted of freshman Julia Sterr (21:53), freshman Teagan McKenna (21:56), junior Natalia Bobak (22:03), and junior Jessica Salinas (23:04). Overall the women placed 12th in the blue race.

“Even though the weather wasn’t optimal, all of us still ran tough and put all we had out on the course,” said senior Joanna Podosek. “I think if we all continue to run with passion and excitement there is a lot of potential for this group.”

The Fighting Scots cross country team will continue their season on Saturday in Waverly, Iowa for the Dan Huston invitational. After the meet at Waverly the Scots will only have one more race before their conference meet on Oct. 28.

Griffin Morrill
Contributing Writer

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