WAVERLY, Iowa. - Behind strong performances by several younger racers, the Carleton College women's cross country team took third place in the team competition at the Dan Huston Invitational, placing all varsity seven among the top 30 finishers in a race of 116 runners.
"The first years and sophomores have greatly impacted the team this season," coach Donna Ricks commented.
Indeed, rookies Ruth Steinke (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Shira Kaufman (Fy./Leverett, Mass./Amherst Regional) and Sally Donovan (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./South) took 9th, 11th and 14th respectively. Second-year racers Ahna Weeks (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) crossed the line 13th.
Carleton senior Haley Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper) earned her first collegiate t-shirt award at a cross country meet as she placed 22nd, followed immediately by Becca Herd (So./Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain). Aly Wisekal (Jr./East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) rounded out the Knights' varsity lineup in 30th place.
Carleton is ranked No. 21 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and saw a number of personal bests, contributing to a close competition with No. 11 Wartburg College. In the end, Wartburg edged Carleton 59-69. Augustana College, a Division II program captured the team title with 27 points.
The Knights next race on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Tori Neubauer Invitational in West Salem, Wisconsin. That race is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.