NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – College of Saint Mary Cross Country Coach Derek Fey was pleased with how his team handled a messy course at the Briar Cliff Invitational Saturday.
The race, held at Adams Nature Preserve, was delayed an hour because of course conditions.
"The middle part of the course was a mud pit and it forced a delay for the start," Fey said. "But I was extremely pleased with our effort today. It was our best pack time of the season by far."
Dordt College won the meet with 60 points, while Morningside College was second with 68 and Hastings College and Northwestern College both finished with 71 team points. Concordia University came in fifth with 149, Midland University placed sixth with 165 and Doane University took seventh with 193.
CSM had 244 points to take eighth place.
In other team finishes: Wayne State had 264, Dakota State University tallied 264, Sioux Falls had 287, Mount Marty finished with 315 and Briar Cliff had 380.
Katie Bosch of Northwestern was the top runner with a time of 18:45.
Briana Davis (SR/Monroe, SD) paced the Flames with her team-best time of 20:14, which was good enough for 19th place.
Other individual times for CSM were: Maddie Coufal (FR/Wahoo, Neb.) 21:48; Brooke Olmer (SR/Columbus, NE) 22:10; Carly Bindl (SO/Papillion, Neb.) 22:14; Anna Burbach (FR/Hartington, Neb.) 22:30; Callie Finn (FR/Winside, Neb.) 23:08; Faith Schleicher (JR/Grand Island, NE) 23:16 and Summer Groteluschen (FR/Wilber, Neb.) 24:48.
"Our third through seventh runners closed the gap on Maddie and that will only mean good things in the future," Fey said.
Fey said he's excited to see the improvements the Flames have made during the season and he looks forward to the upcoming weeks. CSM is off next weekend and doesn't run again until Oct. 21 at the Mount Marty Invite.
"We had a fantastic workout on Thursday and it definitely carried over to today," Fey said. "Our peaking process starts next week and I'm excited to see our progress."