3 Highland Park Cross Country Alums Compete at Les Duke InvitationalSunday, September 13 2009
The Grinnell College men's cross country team had a stellar effort in its season opener Saturday, placing second in a 14-team field at its own Les Duke Invitational at Oakland Acres Golf Course.
The Pioneers were sparked by a pair of top 10 finishes, as Dan Krauss '12 (left) took third place and David Montgomery '10 (right) was seventh place. Krauss ran the 8 kilometer race in 26 minutes, 4 seconds and Montgomery finished in 26:17.
Rounding out the Pioneers' scorers were Noah DeLong '11, who was 20th in 27:07, Alex Reich '11, 24th place in 27:27, and Shyam Deshpande '11, 33rd in 27:38.
Grinnell tallied 87 points and was outdone only by Truman State, which scored 49. The individual champ Dan Greeno of Bethel, who ran 25:17.
On the women's side, Grinnell placed eighth with 209 points. The Pioneers were sparked by Hannah Colter '12, who placed 29th in the 6 kilometer race in 24:29. She was followed by Leah Russell '11, who was 34th in 24:51.
Other Pioneer scorers were Rachel Whitfield '10 (45th in 25:18), Maja Gamble '11 (48th in 25:19) and Annie Tempest '12 (53rd in 25:40).
Truman State won the team title with 44 points, 11 ahead of runner-up Bethel. Marie Borner of Bethel was the individual champ in 21:23.
Both Grinnell teams have next weekend off before competing in the Augustana Invitational on Sept. 25.