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Men's Cross Country competes at challenging UW-Oshkosh Invitational

Photo by Brian Mosemann
Photo by Brian Mosemann

WINNECONNE, Wis. – The Concordia University Men's Cross Country team competed at the AAE UW-Oshkosh Invitational Saturday, which was run at Lake Breeze Golf Club.

The meet likely provided the Falcons the most loaded field it will compete against all season as 45 Division II and III teams, several being highly ranked, came to Winneconne for the meet. All-in-all 664 runners took part in the Men's race.

CUW was led by the duo of freshman Tyler Neuwirth (Mukwonago, Wis.) and junior Stephen Bernau (Courtland, Minn.). Each runner posted a PR on Saturday, with Neuwirth being the first Falcon to cross the finish line with a time of 27:45.7. Bernau ran a 27:48.7, which was not only his PR but also his top time of the season by far. The junior ran nearly three minutes faster than he did his last time out, which was September 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational.

Sophomore Michael Taylor and seniors Robert Meilbeck (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) and junior Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.) rounded out the CUW scoring lineup as the team's third through fifth runners. Taylor (Denmark, Wis.) completed the 8K course in 27:51.6, while Meilbeck was just behind at 27:55.5. Biesboer posted a 28:27.8, just nine seconds off his personal-best time which he set last weekend.

The Falcons had seven other runners take to the course on Saturday as 12 from CUW competed in the meet. No other PRs were set but there were several that came close as the Falcons continue preparation for the conference championships.

North Central came away as the top team out of 45 by scoring 36 points. NCC had four runners inside the top 10 and outdistanced runner-up Grand Valley State by 33 points. GVSU had the top runner at the meet in Alan Peterson (24:33).

The Falcons will have next weekend off before the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championships, scheduled for November 1. The meet will be hosted by Aurora University at Oakhurst Forest Preserve.