SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Carleton College men’s cross country team opened the 2014 campaign with a fine showing at the Augustana (S.D.) Twilight Invitational. The Knights were the top Division III squad and finished eighth overall in a 22-team field. Hart Hornor (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) was Carleton’s top finisher, placing fourth.
Among the teams ahead of the Knights were D-I racers from University of Nebraska, University of South Dakota, and Creighton University.
“We beat all of the teams that we could have, and had a great time doing it,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks. “This was a really fun meet to start the season with. Under the lights, with glow sticks lining the course, and a camera-mounted drone overhead. The weather conditions were perfect.”
Donson Cook-Gallardo (Fy./Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) opened up his collegiate career on a high note, finishing as the Knights’ number two runner and placing 19th overall. He was one of only three first-years in the top-20 of a 287-racer field.
Walter Edstrom (So./Plano, Texas/Plano West), Thor Laack-Veeder (Sr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette), and Noah Laack-Veeder (Sr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) crossed the line 58th, 80th, and 126th, respectively, to close out the scoring for the Knights.
Carleton next competes as the Les Duke Invitational hosted by Grinnell College on Sept. 13.