UMM’s Katherine Novak earned medalist honors and the Minnesota Morris women's cross country team lead the four-team field at the St. Boni Invite hosted by Crown Saturday, Oct. 13, in St. Bonifacius. The Cougar men also won the team championship in the five-team field, just four points ahead of runner-up St. John’s.
For the women, the Cougars had three of the top four places in amassing 33 points. Martin Luther was second with 48 while Bethany Lutheran (68) and Crown (78) rounded out the field.
Easily topping the field was Cougar senior Katherine Novak, who finished nearly a minute and a half ahead of the next closest runner with a time of 24:27.65. Alexa Yeager had a third place finish of 26:48.65. Paige Stearns was right behind in fourth place with a time of 26:51.01. Kaitlyn Ladwig had a top 10 time of 27:19.49, good for eighth place. Montana Lawrence rounded out the Cougar top five with a time of 29:01.39, good for 17th place.
The UMM men had a team score of 32 with Saint John's finishing with 36 for second place. Martin Luther (71), Bethany Lutheran (88), and Crown (155) rounded out the field.
Ryan Anderson outdistanced the field, winning medalist honors with a time of 27:53.47. His time was nearly a minute better than teammate Raymond Abraham, who had a second place finish of 28:52.68. Benjamin Barnack had a nice showing for the Cougars with a top 10 time of 29:14.05, good for seventh place. Placing in the top 15 were Gabriel Davila (12th) and Edmund Cease (13th), who clocked times of 30:03.04 and 30:11.02, respectively.
The UMAC Cross Country Championships are next up for Minnesota Morris on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Benson Golf Club in Benson.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park
- Won the Crown St. Bonifacius Invite Saturday
- Completed the 6,000-meter course in 24:27
- Finished the race nearly 1:30 faster than the rest of the field