WALTHAM, Mass. – In a competitive field that featured nine nationally-ranked squads, the University of Chicago men's and women's cross country teams both finished in third place at Saturday's University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships.
Eight conference teams in both genders raced each other and featured plenty of elite performers. Six of the women's programs were nationally-ranked in the top 35 and three of the men's programs were similarly ranked by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
On the women's side, Washington University-St. Louis won handily with 35 points scored. The Bears were followed by University of Rochester with 83 points and UChicago with 91 points. Emily Bryson of Brandeis University won with a 6K time of 22:04 while UChicago sophomore Khia Kurtenbach crossed the line within a second of the winner to finish runner-up. Senior Brianna Hickey joined Kurtenbach on the All-UAA First Team with a seventh-place showing in 22:18. Junior Madeleine Horvath was next in order for the Maroons by placing 16th (22:46) and senior Catherine Young was 26th overall (23:00).
On the men's side, Carnegie Mellon University grabbed the team title with 53 points, followed by Washington-St. Louis (68 points) and UChicago (78). Josh Clark of Washington-St. Louis was the individual medalist with an 8K time of 24:56. Senior Michael Frasco earned First Team All-UAA status after his fourth-place showing in a time of 25:08. He was joined on the First Team by junior teammate Gareth Jones in sixth place at 25:20. Sophomore Peter Kreuch put up a big performance to nab ninth place in 25:28.
UChicago women's top finishers
Khia Kurtenbach (So.) – 2nd place, 22:04
Brianna Hickey (Sr.) – 7th place, 22:18
Madeleine Horvath (Jr.) – 16th place, 22:46
Catherine Young (Sr.) – 26th place, 23:00
Kelsey Dunn (So.) – 41st place, 23:16
Cassidy McPherson (So.) – 44th place, 23:21
Claire Costelloe (So.) – 46th place, 23:27
UChicago men's top finishers
Michael Frasco (Sr.) – 4th place, 25:08
Gareth Jones (Jr.) – 6th place, 25:20
Peter Kreuch (So.) – 9th place, 25:28
Timofey Karginov (Jr.) – 27th place, 25:53
Henry Blood (Sr.) – 32nd place, 25:59
Eyal Hanfling (Jr.) – 43rd place, 26:21
Jacob Gosselin (Fr.) – 59th place, 26:50
- Thursday, November 5 – UChicago at North Central College Cardinal Open, 4:30 PM