The Colorado School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2013 season with a strong showing at the CSU Invitational as seven Orediggers earned top fifteen finishes Friday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The meet was not officially scored, but the first competitive race of the season still proved to be a good tune-up for the upcoming season. The competition included three Division I schools – Colorado State University, Air Force Academy, and the University of Northern Colorado.
The women took to the course first, turning in some fine performances. Senior Hannah Schuster finished first for mines in 12th position overall with a time of 19:00.1. Behind Schuster, sophomore Chloe Gustafson finished in 15th with a time of 19:10.9.
Marie Patton (22nd, 19:38.5), Hannah Cooling (32nd, 20:17.7), and Kristen Farquar (35th, 20:29.9) rounded out the top five finishers for the women’s team. The winner of the women’s race was Kaitlin Hanenburg of CSU who finished in a time of 18:06.9.
On the men’s side, the first two places as well as eight of the top thirteen places belonged to runners from CSM. Senior Sean Gildea led from start to finish and dominated the race in a time of 15:19.5, a full eight seconds ahead of second place Phil Schneider who finished with a time of 15:27.9. Adam Bodnar finished the race in 7th with a time of 15:40.5. Tyler Curtis (9th, 15:47.8), and Marty Andrie (10th, 15:50.7) rounded out the top five finishers for the men.
The next race for the CSM cross country team, and the first official race of the year, will be the Woody Greeno Invite, September 15 in Lincoln, Nebraska.