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Result: 2nd of 23 teams / Mathison 2nd, Kaegi 4th

Women's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. at Northfield, Minn. - St. Olaf cross country trail

No. 23-ranked Knights take second at St. Olaf Invite

By Kevin Grow '18
L-R: Amanda Mosborg, Meg Mathison, Helen Schuda, Emily Kaegi
L-R: Amanda Mosborg, Meg Mathison, Helen Schuda, Emily Kaegi

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton College women’s cross country team posted an impressive second-place finish at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday. Running in her very first 6K, Meg Mathison (So./Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) posted an impressive time of 22:22.1, which earned her second place as an individual in the field of 321 racers.

No. 20 UW-Eau Claire claimed the team title with 57 points, with No. 23 Carleton only 11 points behind. Minnesota-Duluth, which is the No. 10 team in Division II, placed third overall with 101 points, while host and No. 14 ranked St. Olaf was fourth at (107 points). Minnesota State, another regionally-ranked D-II program, rounded out the top five at 131 points.

Mathison was not the only top-five individual on the Carleton roster. Just a few steps behind her was Emily Kaegi (Sr./Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock) crossing the line in fourth place with a time of 22:24.7. That was a 49-second improvement from last year’s St. Olaf Invitational.

 “The dynamic duo (Mathison and Kaegi) worked together and helped each other out at different aspects of the race,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks.

Also finishing in the top 20 for the Knights were Amanda Mosborg (Fy./Edina, Minn./Edina) and Helen Schuda (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt). Mosborg claimed 14th place with a time of 23:22.9, and Schuda was 15th overall with a time of 23:31.1.

Rounding out the scorers for the Knights was Yoshiko Lynch (Fy./Littleton, Colo./Philips Exeter) with a time of 23:49.6, good for 29th place.

Carleton’s sixth and seventh finishers were Sam Schnirring (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and Fiona Casey (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Northside) with times of 24:03.2 and 24:16.3.

The future is bright for Carleton, which had seven underclassmen finish in the Top 50 of today’s race. The Knights had the top finishing sophomore (Mathison) and first-year (Mosborg) in the field.

“I’m really excited about the potential of the young runners working together as a pack to bring the team to the next level in future races,” Ricks said.

The Knights will host the annual Running of the Cows Meet on Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Carleton Arboretum.