West Salem, Wis. – In a field of 26 teams and 433 participants, the Gustavus Adolphus women’s cross country team came away with ninth place and two individual top 20 performances at the Tori Neubauer Invitational on Saturday morning. The Gusties mounted 232 team points, 16 behind eighth place finisher UW-La Crosse (216), and 150 points behind the winner, the University of Minnesota (82). Caitlin Fermoyle (So, Mendota Heights, Minn.) and Kate Eggers (Sr., Montevideo, Minn.) both finished in the top 20 to lead the Gusties.
Gustavus got two strong performances from Caitlin Fermoyle and Kate Eggers Fermoyle finished 14th in the contest after posting a time of 22:39.0. Eggers was the second Gustie to register a top 20. The senior finished in 18th with a time of 22:44.6.
“Our two front runners look great,” said head coach Dale Bahr. “They are racing as well as I have ever seen them race. Looking at last year, Caitlin improved her time 2:39, and Kate improved her time :49, so we are doing the right things.”
The Gustie women finished fourth out of the eight MIAC schools that competed in Saturday’s race, which built momentum heading in to the two weeks leading up to the MIAC Championships in two weeks.
“I believe that in two weeks, we are going to be on the heels of some teams in front of us right now,” stated coach Bahr. “I think our ladies can step up to meet the challenge when it counts.”
The Gustie women will next compete in the MIAC Championships on Saturday, October 27th in St. Paul, Minn. The race will begin at 3:15 p.m. at Como Golf Course directly following the men’s race.