The Colorado School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their season on Friday at Colorado State University. The men’s team finished fifth overall out of seven teams and second out of the division two schools, losing to RMAC rival Western State. The women finished third out of the three D II teams. Chloe Gustafson finished in a career best fourth place out of 77 women and Phil Schneider came in tenth overall out of 115 runners.
The top five finishers for the men were: juniors Schneider and Derek Alcorn, sophomore Marty Andrie, freshman Jak Hamilton, and senior Andrew Epperson. Schneider finished tenth overall with a time of 15:14.20 and was one of 14 Orediggers to post a sub 16 minute 5K. Andrie, Alcorn, and Epperson finished 18, 19, and 20 respectively in times of 15:20.50, 15:24.20, and 15:26.40. Hamilton was the final scored runner for Mines and finished 24th overall in a time of 15:29.10.
The top five finishers on the women’s side were juniors Gustafson and Kirsten Farquhar, sophomore Nicole deMontigny, and freshmen Whitney Schultz and Hanna Barringer. Gustafson finished fourth overall in the women’s 5k with a time of 18:18.20. DeMontigny and Farquhar finished 40 and 44 respectively in times of 19:40.70 and 19:48.30. Whitney Schultz finished 51 in 20:05.71 and Barringer finished 57 in 20:19.20 to round out the scores for the women.
The next competition for the Mines cross country teams is the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California on Saturday, September, 28.