Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chelsea Johnson Wins UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invite Title; Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer and Wisconsin Adidas Invite Results

Photo courtesy of St. Scholastica
St. Scholastica's Chelsea Johnson won the UW Oshkosh Brooks 6K Invitational title on Saturday in 21:04.1. Johnson broke her own school record and won by twelve seconds.Lucy Cheadle of Washington University-St. Louis was second with a time of 21:16.

Johnson has now won three straight races (Griak, Pre-Nats, Brooks) and has five wins this season. CSS Hall of Famer Desiree Budd is the only other Saint in program history to win three straight races and that took place in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Budd won a program-best six races in 2002.

As a team, all five Saints that scored had personal-best times. However, that is not unusual for the fast track at Lake Breeze. The Saints placed thirteenth out of 36 teams with 341 points.

Taylor Gibson (La Crescent, Minn./La Crescent HS) was 77th in 23:14. Andrea Mogren (Forest Lake/Forest Lake HS) was a spot back in 78th with a time of 23:15. Liz Braml (Turtle Lake/Turtle Lake HS) was 89th, finishing in 23:21. The final Saint to score was Jordan Johnson (Poplar/Northwestern HS) in 128th in 23:41.

The meet featured nine teams nationally ranked. Three teams ranked behind the No. 24 Saints, finished ahead of CSS: No. 26 Washington-St. Louis-3rd, No. 25 Willamette (Ore.)-8th and No. 29 DePauw (Ind.)-12th. CSS did finish ahead of Aurora (Ill.), who was ranked 23rd this week.

Defending NCAA Division III champion No. 8 Calvin College (Mich.) won the meet with 71 points. Sixth-ranked University of Chicago was second with 120 points.

The Saints will be at the 2013 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Championships on Saturday, November 2nd in New Brighton at the Brightwood Hills Golf Course.

Full results are HERE.

St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser ran 24:53.2  finishing third in the Jim Drews 8K to lead St. Olaf to the team title. Individual results are HERE.  Team results are HERE and HERE.  St Olaf's Noelle Olson(21:36/third) was the top Minnesota finisher in the Tori Neubauer 6K Invitational.  The Gopher women finished second in the team competition.  Individual results are HERE. Team results are HERE and HERE.

St. Olaf placed four in the top ten and all five scorers in the top eleven.  After Wintheiser finished Brian Saksa was fifth (24:59). Sophomore Calvin Lehn was seventh (25:20), junior Jake Brown eighth (25:23) and sophomore Jake Campbell (25:28) 11th as the Oles posted a team score of 41, 55 points ahead of runner up UW-La Crosse. 

Central College was third, Iowa Central Community College fourth and Luther fifth. St. Thomas was eighth (251 points), and was next best of nine MIAC schools in the race. 

Gopher junior Chelsea Pettit (Savage) took ninth overall to lead the Gopher women. 

"Chelsea Pettit had the best race of her career, bar none, between cross country and track," head coach Sarah Hopkins said. "She's finally getting some confidence in herself and figuring out what she can do. It's just awesome to see."

Minnesota's top five runners finished among the top 25 at the meet. Behind Pettit, redshirt sophomore Hannah Trasser (Brookfield) and junior Jillian Johnson(Green Bay) rounded out the Gophers' top three finishers as Trasser took 17th in 22:35.4 and Johnson was 18th in 22:36.5.
Redshirt freshman Melissa Cabak (Plymouth) finished 22nd in 22:47.6, and redshirt sophomore Lauren Domski (Woodbury) was 24th in 22:51.2.

"All around, I think it was a really solid weekend," Hopkins said. "We decided to bring 17 runners to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, so we took five runners who would normally run with this group out there, and they still got second in this meet. To do that is pretty impressive."

In total, 12 Gophers raced as Minnesota came in second in the team standings with 90 points. Wartburg won the meet with 81 points. Luther sophomore Tricia Serres claimed the individual crown in 21:19.3. Over 470 runners from 32 universities competed in the 6K 

The Gopher women finished eighth and the men finished 25th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational 8K. Results are HERE.

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