UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Full Results
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The Carleton College women's cross country team ran in split-squad fashion on Saturday. The portion of the team that ran at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational finished 10th in the team competition, with Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) first over the line for the Knights, placing fifth out of the total 395 runners as she finished the six-kilometer distance in 22:04.57.
The rest of the group competed at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational. This unit, comprised primarily of underclassman, finished 16th among the 23 teams. The Knights were paced by Lindsay Turchan (Fy/Neenah, Wis./Neenah) who finished 125th of the 387 runners. Turchan crossed the line in 24:57.1.
The squad racing at the Brooks Invitational got a look at the course that will be used for this year NCAA Championships. The meet, held at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winnecone, Wis., had more than 1,200 runners between the men's and women's races, each of which had to contend with very windy conditions.
Carleton, ranked No. 15 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, was one of nine teams competing that are currently ranked in the top 25. This includes Northfield rival St. Olaf College, which is currently ranked No. 13 in the country and placed fourth at this meet. The Knights—who bested the Oles and took first place in the team competition at the Blugold Invite two weeks ago—were missing one their top runners today as Alison Smyth (Sr./Billings, Mont.) was taking the GRE.
Following Childs-Walker across the finish line were Rachel Klehm (Jr/Wellesley, Mass/Wellesley) and Taylor ffitch (Sr./Portland, Ore/St. Mary’s), who finished 25th and 40th respectively for the Knights
Third-ranked Washington University took top honors finishing with 61 points. St. Olaf ended with 190, and Carleton finished with 297 points.
The Tori Neubauer Invitational was contested at Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem, Wis.
“A lot of positive things happened today,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “It was a very competitive race with a some of the top teams in the country. The team has been working really hard the last couple weeks, so we’re a little tired, but we’re pumped and excited about the next couple weeks. We’ll start to rest up and start to taper. We’re ready to go out and show what we can do.”
The Knights race next on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the MIAC Championships at the Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. The starting gun goes off at 2:15 p.m