The Ole women have emerged triumphant in their two most recent meets, both of which were held within the city limits.
On Sept. 10, the ladies ran in the Carleton College Invitational and placed first among the six teams participating at the event, topping Carleton by seven points. All five scorers from St. Olaf placed in the top 10, including Kezia Manlove 06, who finished second in the race.
Trailing behind Manlove were Stephanie Block 07 in fourth, Sarah Estill 06 in sixth and Lindsay Boetcher 06 in eighth. Jenny Ingebritsen 06 also contributed to the Oles success, earning a ninth place finish.
A week after the Carleton Invite, the Oles displayed even more impressive performances at their own invitational. The women took first place out of the 18 participating teams. Newcomer Jenna Carlson 09 finished second overall.
Also offering top performances were Manlove and Block, who took 10th and 14th place, respectively.
Estill pulled off a 21st place finish, followed by the crucial performance of Annie Knutson 09, who passed Macalesters Anna Shamey in the final segment of the race, thereby providing St. Olaf with the necessary finish for the team win.
Trailing behind the Oles were Macalester and UW-Eau Claire, who finished second and third, respectively. Halley Harren of Gustavus finished first in the race, contributing to her teams fourth place slot.
Along with a strong returning squad, the St. Olaf women also have 14 first- years on the team, many of whom are likely to provide significant finishes in upcoming events.
The Oles next compete is the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul on Saturday. The race will begin at 9 a.m.