Cross Country faced strong opponents at Brissman/Lundeen Inviational

Cross Country faced strong opponents at Brissman/Lundeen Inviational

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A week after they faced a field of top cross country teams in the region, Concordia University Wisconsin again ran with those teams and more. The Falcon women's team finished 16th out of 32 teams, while the team placed 20th out of 34 teams.

The top runner for CUW was freshman Larissa Schlitz (DeForest, Wis.) who finished 65th overall after running 24:15.6 among 397 female runners. The rookie runner set a new personal record and has now led the Falcons in both of the team's races this season. Sophomore Samantha Nelson (Frederic, Wis.) finished less than nine seconds behind her running mate (24:24.6) and crossed the finish line in 74th place.

During the men's race, sophomore Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) paced CUW again and ran 27:02.0 – personal record – to earn the 84th spot out of 461 male runners. Coop has been the Falcons top male runner in both races this year.

"Today was another day to go out and race to see where everyone is at with their fitness," head coach Russ DeLap said. "Overall, both teams performed better than last week with many running their personal best. Some of the top teams in the country were here racing, so the level of competition was very good.

"Overall the vast majority of both of our teams ran faster today," DeLap said. "Twenty six of 29 runners ran faster. That's good news and we are on the right track. I am very encouraged how we faired today. I know we will get a lot faster by the end of the season which is exciting."

CUW returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the 27th Annual Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota.

CUW Women Results
Larissa Schlitz, 24:15.6
Samantha Nelson, 24:24.0
Bethany Doerr, 24:49.6
Kelsey Wagner, 25:47.4
Caitlyn Stern, 25:50.7
Sarah Maynard, 26:48.8
Jolyn Achs, 26:49.4
Haley Ring, 27:16.2
Jordyn Jurss, 27:22.7
Sarah Volkert, 27:22.8
Stephanie Kennett, 27:23.6
Ashley Birenbaum, 27:26.5
Jessica Rice, 27:59.4
Holly Peterson, 28:39.7
Taylor Brown, 29:26.5
Brittany Duewell, 29:30.3
Brittany Maynard, 29:53.1
Elizabeth Small, 34:32.3
Kaytlin Kramer, 37:11.8

CUW Men Results
Andrew Coop, 27:02.0
Martin Hinze, 27:17.0
Alex Rosenau, 28:19.7
Daniel McKee, 28:30.8
Robert Meilbeck, 28:35.0
Jordan Guenther, 28:36.7
Adam Fell, 28:44.0
Josh Tillman, 28:54.0
T.J. Helgren, 28:55.7
Johann Hinck, 28:58.1
Stephen Bernau, 29:47.2
Micah Frtiz, 32:47.4
Steven Stiller, 33:50.9
Paul Hoerner, 35:48.8