Leading the charge on the womens sidewere a pair of returning veterans, Britt Schwager 07 and Erin Weir 07. The seniors finished 13th and 15th overall, respectively, with team-leading times of 24:08 and 24:15.
Jennie Hedberg 08 was the third Ole woman to cross the finish line, coming in 27th, with Jenna Carlson 09 (29th) and Stephanie Block 07 (39th) rounding out the teams top five.
Womens head coach Chris Daymont was upbeat about her teams prospects for the 2006 season following the teams second meet of the fall.
Although it was disappointing to finish behind Carleton [the Knights won the Invite on the strength of four top-15 performances], I thought we ran pretty well, Daymont said. Weve had a tough meet schedule so far, but we have a solid core of returners who should lead us this season.
The women will compete this Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul.
For the men, Saturday marked the start of MIAC varstity competition, and the initial returns were not as positive. The men, who finished third at last years MIAC Championships and sixth at the NCAA Central Regionals, placed just one runner in the top 44. David Swanson 08 paced the team with an 18th place finish and overall time of 27:05.
Tony Hoff 08 was the teams next best finisher, coming in 45th.
We definitely have some room to improve, said head coach Bill Thornton.
The men, who won their first MIAC Championship since 1979 two years ago, have lost a number of talented athletes from last years squad. Most notable amongst that group is 2005 MIAC Champion Sam Hauck, in addition to the losses of Marc Ellingson, Jason Havey and Will Mitchell.
We will have to rely on some first-years this season, which is always tough to do, said Thornton. But we dont race again for another two weeks, so I think well see some better results next time out.