WINNECONNE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - The UW-Eau Claire men's cross country team went toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in its region and came in third place out of 37 teams with 133 points Saturday at the Brooks Invitational, hosted by UW-Oshkosh. North Central (Ill.) won the meet with 33 points while Washington (Mo.) finished second with 64.
As he has done all year, Ryan Mugan (So.-Howards Grove, Wis.) led the Blugolds while notching a top-10 finish. Mugan came in eighth place out of 566 competitors in a time of 24:49.65 over 8,000-meters, his first time breaking the 25-minute barrier.
Not far behind was Matt Scott (Sr.-Kiel, Wis.), who placed 18th in a time of 25:04.25, a personal best.
Nick Petersson (So.-Brookfield, Wis./Central) and Christian Leitner (So.-Red Wing, Minn.) finished right next to each other in 47th and 48th place, respectively. Petersson ran to a time of 25:34.06 while Leitner recorded a 25:36.12.
Matt Wenaas (Sr.-Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell) rounded out the Blugolds' scoring five by placing 56th in a time of 25:39.48.