Women's XC Third, Men Fourth, at Wisconsin
Sept. 5, 2014
VERONA, Wis. - The Marquette University women's cross country team placed third, and the men fourth, at the 2014 Badger Opener in Verona, Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
Junior Kellie Greenwood paced the women's team with a fifth-place finish overall in a time of 14:13. The Two Rivers, Wisconsin native also led the Golden Eagles in fifth place in 2013 at the Badger Opener, but was 10 seconds faster on Friday evening.
"I thought Kellie Greenwood had a fantastic race and led us overall," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "She was competing with some athletes of a very high caliber. I thought she ran smart and tough."
Freshman Meghan Carroll made her NCAA debut and was the Golden Eagles' second finisher and placed 20th with a mark of 14:52. Junior Kayla Spencer and sophomore Mariah Frank finished right behind Carroll in times of 14:53 and 14:55, respectively, with places of 23rd and 25th.
"We've got a limited roster because of injuries and the ladies stepped up," Nelson said. "Overall I thought it went well. We looked at this meet and we said we wanted to run okay, we didn't expect anything too crazy and I think everyone had a consistent race."
Freshman Alec Miller led the men's team with a time of 19:05 to place 24th overall, followed immediately by Nate Gomoll just two seconds later, 19:07. Redshirt junior Blake Lawson (19:10) and Jack Carpenter (19:11) finished a second apart and were 28th and 29th overall.
"On the men's side for the most part we ran really well," Nelson said. "Alec Miller led us with a big sprint over the last mile or so and Nate Gomoll was right behind and had a great race. I thought we might have four freshmen in the top seven and our younger guys definitely got the job done today. Our older guys are going to need to step up. If we can get them on the right track we are headed in the right direction."
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Sept. 19 at the National Catholic Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
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