CHANNAHON, Ill. – In the first race of the season, the University of Chicago women's cross country team dominated the pack and the men's team posted a strong showing as well at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Invitational on Friday.
Both teams ran 5K in oppressive heat which sapped many of the competitors. The Maroon women blasted past the field and ended up winning the meet by finishing five runners in the top six spots. UChicago's score of 19 easily topped runner-up St. Francis with 51 in the nine-team field. Sophomore Khia Kurtenbach won her first career race in a time of 18:41.4. She was followed by senior Catherine Young in third, sophomore Kelsey Dunn in fourth, senior Brianna Hickey in fifth and sophomore Cassidy McPherson in sixth.
St. Francis won the men's race with a score of 29. UChicago was runner-up out of 11 teams with 39 points. Junior Gareth Jones placed second in a time of 15:38.1. Fellow juniors Nick Nielsen (15:47.2) and Timofey Karginov (15:56.6) were the next highest finishers in fourth and sixth, respectively.
UChicago women's top finishers
Khia Kurtenbach (So.) – 1st place, 18:41.4
Catherine Young (Sr.) – 3rd place, 18:52.3
Kelsey Dunn (So.) – 4th place, 18:53.3
Brianna Hickey (Sr.) – 5th place, 18:59.5
Cassidy McPherson (So.) – 6th place, 19:01.6
Michelle Dobbs (Jr.) – 10th place, 19:16.2
Lily Ting (Jr.) – 15th place, 19:52.2
UChicago men's top finishers
Gareth Jones (Jr.) – 2nd place, 15:38.1
Nick Nielsen (Jr.) – 4th place, 15:47.2
Timofey Karginov (Jr.) – 6th place, 15:56.6
Michael Frasco (Sr.) – 12th place, 16:11.3
Peter Kreuch (So.) – 15th place, 16:20.5
Ansel Richards (Fr.) – 17th place, 16:23.8
Jacob Gosselin (Fr.) – 20th place, 16:27.5
- Saturday, September 19 – UChicago at Wheaton College Gil Dodds Invitational (Warrenville, Ill.), 11 AM