By Alanna Huggett, UWEC Sports Information
DECORAH, IA (Blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men's cross country team competed at the Luther Saga Cup hosted by Luther College on Friday. The team took 2nd place with 56 points while Wartburg College won the meet.
The Blugolds were led by Sid Gross (Fr. – Saint Paul, MN/Highland Park) who finished 7th with a time of 27:04.6. Gross said the course was challenging because of mud and hills, but he thought he ran the race smart.
"I thought I raced it really well by going out conservatively and catching up to the front of the pack after the prairie section," Gross said.
Gross said the Blugolds did a good job of racing smart against the depth of Wartburg.
Bailey Wilson (Jr. – New Richmond, WI/New Richmond) placed 9th with a time of 27:05.1. Wilson was followed by teammate Braxton Doucette (Fr. – Madison, WI/Madison La Follette) who placed 12th with a time of 27:11.7.
The top 5 for the Blugolds also included Chad Couser (So. – Rochester, MN/Rochester Mayo) and Harrison Redepenning (Jr. – Anoka,MN/Anoka). Couser placed 16th with a time of 27:22.5. Redepenning finished 17th with a time of 27:23.3.
Adam McMonagle (Fr. – Eagan, MN/Eagan) and Clay Quiring (So. – Webster, MN/Northfield High School) rounded out the top 7 for the Blugolds. McMonagle placed 18th with a time of 27:26.9. Quiring placed 21st with a time of 27:37.9.
Head Coach Dan Schwamberger was pleased with how everyone competed and is excited for next week's NCAA Regional meet.
The top 7 Blugolds will be racing next Saturday, November 10 at the NCAA Regional Meet. The meet will be hosted by UW-Eau Claire at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, WI.