Northfield, Minn. – Facing its toughest field of competition so far this season, the Gustavus women’s cross country team scored a 158 to finish sixth place overall at the St. Olaf Invitational held Saturday, Sept. 21 in Northfield. The University of Minnesota, Duluth won the meet with a score of 46, finishing with three runners in the top 10. Carleton placed second with 68 points, while host St. Olaf took third with 94 points.
The Gusties were led by juniors Rebecca Hare (Albany, Minn.) and Caitlin Fermoyle (Mendota Heights, Minn.) who both finished inside the top 15. Hare turned in her best 6k run of the season with an 11th performance finish, crossing the finish line in 23:05.1. Fermoyle wasn’t far behind her classmate, coming in 14th with a season-best time of time of 23:19.5.
Rounding out Gustavus’s top five was Lauren Shurson (So., Chanhassen, Minn.) in 40th (24:07.4), Lyndsi Schwichtenberg (Sr. Owatonna, Minn.) in 45th (24:21.6), and Makena Hofer (So., Montevideo, Minn.) in 48th (24:25.5).
Winning the race was St. Olaf’s Noelle Olson with a time of 21:34.4. UM-Duluth’s Breanna Colbenson took second in 21:48.3, and St. Scholastica’s Chelsea Johnson placed third in 31:57.5.
The Gustavus cross country teams will be off next weekend before traveling to Eau Claire, Wis. to take part in the Blugold Invitational being held Friday, Oct. 4.