CHICAGO, Ill. -- Following two weeks off from competition, the University of Chicago cross country teams put forth good showings at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. On the men's side, the Maroons placed fifth out of 47 teams. On the women's side, Chicago placed 10th in a field of 51 squads.
The men's fifth place made them the highest non-Division I school in the standings. Billy Whitmore led the way, finishing 19th in a stacked field of 456 runners in a time of 25:30. Renat Zalov was right on his heels in 25th (25:38). Isaac Dalke took 34th (25:54), Henry Blood was 48th (26:04), Wyatt Jones placed 54th (26:11), Kevin On was 65th (26:21) and Michael Frasco ended in 68th (26:24).
The Chicago women also owned the best team finish for a non-Division I school, with a racing field of 514 individuals. Julia Sizek was the top racer for the Maroons, with a 28th place showing in 18:18. Michaela Whitelaw (74th) and Maggie Cornelius (78th) ran closely together in times of 18:53 and 18:57, respectively. Other Chicago runners included Sarah Peluse in 83rd (19:01), Catherine Young in 97th (19:10), Brianna Hickey in 114th (19:18) and Isabella Penido in 129th (19:27).
Both cross country teams will head to the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational on October 13.