Cross Country Racing Across the Country

Mitchell Lobetos
Staff Writer

This past weekend the cross country teams visited the University of Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational.

Grad student Charlotte Taylor was the first Don to finish the women’s 6K (3.73 miles). Her solid time of 21:54.8 earned her 14th place for individual times. Freshman Tatjana Schulte ran a 22:50.8, good for 59th place, while junior elena Burkard finished almost right behind her in 61st place with a final time of 22:51.4. Sophomore Kelsey Nielsen and freshman Weronika Pyzik finished 109th and 154th, respectively, with final times of 23:33.2 and 24:00.0. Overall San Francisco finished 13th place overall with a total time of 1:55.12.

The men’s team raced alongside 200 other runners in a grueling 8K (4.98 miles). With a final time of 25:04.8, grad student Alex Short took home a strong fifth place finish. Grad student Matt Leach finished 30th with a course time of 25:41.8, with sophomore teammate Mohammad Aziz finishing close behind in 37th, running a 25:49.7. Grad students Edward Shepard and Ryan Driscoll finished one after the other, 41st and 42nd, with times of 25:51.9 and 25:54.0, respectively. The final Dons finisher was sophomore Quentin Purtzer who crossed the finish after 27:19.7. The men’s team took a seventh place finish overall out of 23 teams, with an overall time of 2:08.23.

The Dons next race will be here in San Francisco on Oct. 9 when they take part in the San Francisco State invitational held in Golden Gate Park. Time has yet to be determined.

Photo courtesy of Dons Athletics

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