Cross Country Earns Two Top-10 Team Finishes At Bradley Classic
PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams each recorded a top-10 finish on Friday afternoon at the Bradley Classic.
The Drake men’s team took fifth place in the 22-team field with 145 points thanks to a 23rd place finish from Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) on the 8-kilometer course with a time of 25:02.
The Bulldogs’ women’s team was eighth with 306 points while racing against 26 other teams. Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) was Drake’s top finisher on the 6-kilometer women’s course in 21:54.
“I think we had good efforts across the board today,” Drake head coach Dan Hostager said. “We made a lot of good steps in the right direction with solid team finishes against a strong field and a lot of personal bests.”
The competition was Drake’s first in two weeks and its last before November’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
“We looked a little rusty at times,” Hostager said of the return to racing. “But we were able to race against some Valley teams and see where we need to be at in two weeks and the steps we need to take to get there.”
Senior Conor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) had one of his best finishes of the season for the men’s team, coming in 30th in 25:13, followed by Ryan Flynn (Bettendorf, Iowa) who trailed closely in 35th with a time of 25:16. Doug Brady (Englewood, Colo.) and freshman Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed the scoring for Drake in 78th and 85th place respectively.
Behind Scholl’s top finish for the women’s team, sophomore Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) continued her strong season with a 51st place finish in 22:08. Redshirt sophomore Krista Maguire (Wausau, Wis.) was 11 places behind her in 62nd place and a time of 22:19. Erin Poss (Antioch, Ill.) and Amanda Marwitz (Crystal Lake, Ill.) were the final Drake scorers across the line in 90th and 108th place, respectively.
The Bulldogs will have next weekend off from competition to prepare for the MVC Championship on Nov. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University is serving as the host for the 2013 edition of the event at Blank Golf Course.
Drake Men’s Individual Results
Drake Women’s Individual Results