AURORA, Ill. – The MSOE men's and women's cross-country teams hit the course yesterday evening for their first race since the opening weekend of the 2019-20 athletic year. The Spartan Classic proved to be fruitful for the men who turned in a top three performance while the young women's team got valuable experience early on in the season.
Women's Team – 11th out of 13 (301 points – 6k distance)
Men's Team – 2nd out of 12 (65 points – 8k distance)
Kendall Marks – 21st place (24:00.0)
Jesse Lambrecht – 3rd place (25:40.5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
You couldn't ask for a more perfect day to race, with the only issue being a somewhat strong wind at times. And maybe it was the breeze at their backs that gave them that little extra something, but the men's team turned in an impressive performance. The Raiders finished in second place, only 13 points behind North Central. The Red & White also placed three runners in the top ten, led by Jesse Lambrecht who became just the ninth runner in school history to break the 26-minute mark in an 8k race. Blake Bostwick came in eighth and Nick Bath finished just eight seconds after him for a ninth-place finish.
Kendall Marks continues to be a force to be reckoned with out on the course this year, turning in a personal best by 37 seconds. This put the second-year student-athlete in third place on the MSOE 6k record board and was good enough for a 21st place result. While they finished in the back of the team standings, Lauren Hodal and Gabi Leffler crossed the finish line in their 6k debuts with sub 35-minute times. The women finished in 11th place overall with an average team time of 29:12.5.
It will be split squad action the next time the Raiders line up at the starting line. The men will race in the Blugold Invite on October 4th while the women will get a preview of the NACC championship course at the Warrior Invitational on October 5th.