NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Racing with a squad comprised mostly of first-years, the Carleton College women’s cross country team finished seventh out of 14 squads at the St. Olaf Invitational. Rookie Milana Socha (Chester, Ind./Chesterton) broke 24 minutes in running her first 6-kilometer race, finishing 21st out of 263 racers.
“Milana was very impressive in leading our team,” said Head Coach Donna Ricks. “She ran a smart race and is very sound mentally.”
The lone upperclassmen to race for the Knights was senior Emily Fritz-Endres (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), who crossed the line at 24:03.
First-years Aly Wisekal (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Brooke McManigal (Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School), and Lauren Chow (Weston, Mass./Weston) rounded out the scoring for Carleton, placing 26th, 52nd, and 57th overall.
“As a team, we learned some valuable lessons about getting off the line and settling in, sooner rather than later,” Ricks said. “And we definitely learned some things about the first years. They all did a great job competing; they ran very solid, very strong.
“It’s going to be exciting to get us all together at the Griak next week and see what this team can really do.”
After going with split-squads the last two Saturdays, the Knights will race all of their top runners at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 25.