Cross country teams compete in Minnesota

The men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in the back half of the University of Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational Saturday in Minneapolis. The men finished 27th out of 37 teams, and the women finished 31st out of 37.

The event was run on the Les Bolstad Golf Course, and both teams ran in the second division of the race. The women ran a 6K race and the men ran an 8K race.

Sophomore Rosie Hollis led the women. Hollis finished in 78th with a time of 25:03. She was the only runner to crack the top 150 for Baker. Freshman Jenna Black, sophomore Brenda McCollum and freshman Madison Dispensa were all in the top 200. Black finished 158th, McCollum finished 165th and Dispensa finished 199th. All of their times were under 28 minutes.

Sophomore Caitlin Apollo, junior Shelby Stephens and sophomore Rachel Campbell were Baker’s final three runners on the day. All three finished in the top 250 of 360 runners.

The men finished their event with an average time of 29:12, good enough for 27th place.

Sophomore Joe Linder ran Baker’s fastest time with a 28:30 and finished in 115th place. Senior Gunnar Hays was Baker’s No. 2 with a time of 28:55 and 143rd place. Juniors Andrew Dare and Corey Matteson were neck-and-neck as Dare was the 170th runner to cross the finish line and Matteson came in right behind him. Junior Jamie Steury was the final runner whose time counted for Baker at 29:39 and 179th place.

Both teams ran against many NCAA Division II and NAIA schools in the second tier of the event. University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Black Hills State University, San Francisco State, University of Manitoba and Montana State University-Billings competed.

After back-to-back race weekends both teams take a weekend off before running on Oct. 10 in Lawrence at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invite. The teams will have one final tuneup after that race before the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships hosted by William Penn University on Nov. 7 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.