Marquette Cross Country Runners Earn Personal Milestones

Sept. 29, 2007

SPRINGFIELD - The Marquette cross country teams tested their skills against the best runners in the nation as they competed in the Bill Dellinger Invitational, at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore.

The Marquette women finished ninth and the men finished 14th as they ran against many nationally ranked programs.

"We ran pretty close to where I thought we would and ran well as a team," head coach Mike Nelson said. "It was a very competitive meet, all of the teams were ranked very high and the course was a full 6K and 8K distance that was fast and competitive. We did really well."

The men's team saw many athletes run personal best times in the 8K. Scott Mueller led the Golden Eagles, finishing in 24:17 and coming in 40th place. Freshman Nick Szczech ran a 24:38 for 59th place, while Brice Cleland ran a 25:03. After only running for a week and making his first appearance of the year, Kyle Saginus finished in 25:10. Mark Kopecki, Peter Bolgert and Steve Briggs finished in 25:46, 26:05 and 26:22 respectively for MU.

The women also had all eight runners finish with personal best times in the 6K and were led by Cassie Peller with finished 27th in 21:05. Jayne Grebinski ran a 21:28 and Anna Weber completed the course in 21:36. Kaitlyn Chambers ran a 21:55, while Kristin Pelzel finished in 22:01. Amanda Beggs and Dani Owen completed the women's squad running a 22:28 and 22:43 respectively.



Nelson was happy with Marquette's performance in what is one of the most competitive cross country meets in the nation.

"Our goal was to get a taste of running against the best in the nation. We held our own and will certainly benefit from this meet," Nelson said.

The cross country teams will next compete in the Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13, held in Terre Haute, Ind.


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