Irwin, Lane Pace Cross Country Teams
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Sophomore Deedra Irwin finished ninth to lead the Michigan Tech
cross country teams at the St. Olaf Invite Saturday (Sept. 17). The
Pulaski, Wis. native covered the six-kilometer course in 23:11.
Junior Amanda Halonen cracked the top-50 thanks to her 48th place finish in 24:23.
Senior Sydney Bruestle finished 58th (24:41) and sophomore Rachel Mason was 64th (24:56). Senior Lauren Rantala rounded out the top-five for Tech finishing 68th (25:07).
Morgan Place of Minnesota Duluth won the women's race in a time of 22:11.
The Huskies finished eighth of 16 teams with a score of 247.
"This is the strongest competition we have raced this season," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We still have some work to do, but I am excited to see what we do next weekend at the Roy Griak Invite."
Freshman Jani Lane paced the men's team with a 15th place finish. The Anchorage, Alaska native finished the eight-kilometer course in 26:30.
Tech's next six runners finished 12 seconds apart. Junior Karl Koivisto finished 47th (27:37) and teammate freshman Eric Parsell was two spots back (27:38).
Freshman Bradon Kampstra and junior Nathan Manderfield each posted identical times of 27:47 to finish 53rd and 54th respectively. Junior Jonathan Kilpela was one spot back (27:49).
Eli Horton of Central College won the men's race in 25:44.
Tech finished tied for ninth of 14 teams with a score of 218.
Tech will compete at the Roy Griak Invite on Sept. 24th.