Grinnell Women's Cross Country  2018
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Pioneer Men and Women Shine at Les Duke

Women

Grinnell College’s women’s cross country team found the home course much to its liking.

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The Pioneers raced to victory in a 16-team field at their annual Les Duke Invitational Saturday at Grinnell College Golf Course. That marks the first time Grinnell has won the meet since sharing the title in 2007, and the first outright crown since the year before that.

Not only did the Pioneers win, they did so with little trouble by outscoring runner-up Central College 44-104. Simpson College was third with 120.

The Pioneers packed three runners in the top seven, led by Mikayla Fujiwara ’20. She placed third of 145 runners, touring the 6-kilometer course in 23:25. Anna Ahrens ’19 added a fifth-place finish in 23:38 and first-year Emma Schaefer ’22 entered Grinnell’s all-time top 50 chart by taking seventh in 24:18. That time ranks 47th at Grinnell.

Other scorers for Grinnell were Tori LaVerdiere ’20 and Ally Cottrell ’21, 14th and 15th, respectively, in 25:00. Other top contenders for Grinnell were Micaela Daney ’22 (28th in 25:45) and Madeleine Breunig ’20 (32nd in 25:52).

Grinnell travels to Rock Island, Ill., on Sept. 21 to compete in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.

Grinnell Men's Cross Country  2018 ©Pioneer Athletics

Grinnell Men’s Cross Country 2018
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Men

Grinnell College’s men’s cross country team seems to always show up big at its own Les Duke Invitational, and Saturday proved to continue that trend.

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The Pioneers raced to a runner-up finish in the 19-runner field at Grinnell College Golf Course, scoring 69 points and putting three runners in the top 11. The winner was Central College with 58, while Simpson College was third with 88.

John Lennon ’19 led the way for Grinnell, placing seventh in the 180-runner field with a time of 26:55 over an 8-kilometer stretch. Gray Streetman ’19 was 10th in 27:15 and Lucas Chamberland ’21 wound up 11th in 27:18.

Other scorers for Grinnell were John Osler ’20, 20th in 27:35, and Matt Lieberman ’21, 21st in 27:38. Matthew Phipps ’20 added a 28th-place finish in 27:55 and Jackson Schulte ’20 was 35th in 28:09.

Grinnell travels to Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 21 to compete in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.