Women sweep top five positions while men take second

Josh Woolwine, Sports Writer

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The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed at the Lawrence University Gene Davis Invitational at Reid Memorial Golf Course in Appleton on Saturday, finishing second and first, respectively.

On the men’s side the Titans finished second with 73 points behind St. Norbert’s 57. The Titans were led by sophomore Andrew Muskevitsch, who finished the 8,000m race in seventh-place with a time of 27:02.

Other Titans finishing in the top 50 were 14th-place Noah O’Neill in 27:23, 17th-place Noah Bruehl in 27:27, 20th-place Jason Ford in 27:35, 31st-place Henry Laste in 27:49, 36th-place Aaron Dorsey in 27:57, 42nd-place Austin Baker in 28:07 and 47th-place Bob Szymanski in 28:19.

Head coach Eamon McKenna said the team has been mentally strong throughout the long season.

“Our Titans have by and large done wonderfully at staying focused on simplifying their approach,” McKenna said. “What is it that we are supposed to accomplish that day? They have been asking themselves that question and going about their business with purpose each day.”

Meanwhile, the women’s team took home the title with a perfect score of 15 points, far ahead of second-place St. Norbert’s 68 points.

The Titans swept the second through sixth places as former Titan Cheyanne Moore, who ran unattached, won the race. Ashton Keene led UW Oshkosh for the third time this season with her second-place run of 23:31.

Keene was followed in the 6,000m race by third-place Alexandria Demco at 23:45, fourth-place Hannah Lohrenz at 23:49, fifth-place Amanda Van Den Plas at 23:51 and sixth-place Elizabeth Reddeman at 23:53.

With only two meets until the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet, senior Amanda Van Den Plas said the competition will be difficult.

“Our biggest competitors team wise would probably be Eau Claire and La Crosse,” Van Den Plas said. “All three of us tend to have a number of girls in the top pack trying to compete for a team title.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will host the Kollege Town Sports Invitational on Saturday at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne.