Women Take 10th, Men Finish 12th at Blugold Invitational Posted on September 30th, 2022 by

Pictured: Sydney Hagen and Jake Wielgos. (Photos courtesy of Olivia Motley)


COLFAX, Wis. — The Gustavus men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational Friday, with the women’s team placing 10th of 25 and the men’s team posting a 12th place finish of 25. St. Olaf won both the women’s and men’s competition.

Finishing in the top 20 of the women’s 6k was Evelyn Villalobos (Jr., Crystal) at 22:51.50 for a 16th place finish. Molly Liston (Fy., Richfield) finished next for the Gustie women at 56th with a time of 24:12.00. Sydney Hagen (So., Starbuck) recorded a 92nd place finish (24:45.92) while Abby Vizenor (So., Jordan) crossed the finish line in 25:09.56 for 115th and Claire Schoenfield (Jr., Mundelein, Ill.) rounded out the Gustie top-five at 136th (25:31.99).

“We saw some really good running moments today,” said Head Coach Brenden Huber. “Evelyn had another strong race, and she continues to build on a very solid season. Some of our younger ladies had a really good effort as well. We have to work a bit more on our earlier positioning, but overall we had a lot of good moments.”

Henry Hinchcliffe (Sr., Austin) was the first Gustie to cross the finish line for the men, taking 54th out of 407 runners with a time of 26:13.70. Jake Wielgos (Sr., Elburn, Ill.) finished next for the Gusties in 80th with a time of 26:33.04. Following Wielgos was Trevor LaVigne (Sr., Farmington) in 103rd (26:45.72) and Logan McCullough (Jr., Waverly, Iowa) in 118th (26:53.21). Rounding out the Gustavus top-five was Tucker Wallin (Sr., Red Wing), who finished with a time of 27:15.45 in 145th.

“Our guys had a few step up in really big ways today. Jake had a great race, and Trevor had a really impressive effort today.

“We were racing in a big race with some of the best in the region. We are always learning more about ourselves, but we saw a lot of improvement on both sides from St. Olaf two weeks ago.”

The Gusties are off until Oct. 15, when both the men and women’s teams head to La Crosse, Wis., for the Jim Drews Invitational.


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