Simpson Women's Cross Country 2018
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Storm Men and Women Sweep Bill Buxton Invite

Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson, Ian Mckenzie-Dowling-Simpson, Jon Facio-Clinton-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2018

Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson, Ian Mckenzie-Dowling-Simpson, Jon Facio-Clinton-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2018

Men:

Trey Thompson and Jonathan Facio swept the top two spots and the Simpson men’s cross country team rolled to a season-opening win at its own Bill Buxton Invitational on Friday at Pickard Park.

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Thompson ran away from the field, finishing the 6k course in 19:29 to take the gold. Facio wasn’t far behind, crossing in 19:41 to take second. A pair of sophomores in Seth Nostrala and Ryan Courtney added personal-best finishes as Nostrala took fourth in 20:22 and Courtney came in fifth in 20:24.

Simpson finished with 19 team points, easily topping the field of Southwestern CC (56), Graceland (71) and Iowa Wesleyan (109).

Luke Evans, Drew Roen and Cale Billheimer rounded out the Storm’s top-seven finishers.

Up Next
Simpson goes to the Les Duke Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Grinnell.

Storm Varsity Finishers
1. Trey Thompson, 19:29
2. Jonathan Facio, 19:41
4. Seth Nostrala, 20:22
5. Ryan Courtney, 20:24
7. Luke Evans, 20:26
8. Drew Roen, 20:37
9. Cale Billheimer, 20:40

Women

Shelby Hunemiller and Emily Buchheit led a tightly-packed group of Simpson runners who occupied places 2-through-8 as the Storm rolled to a win at their own Buxton Invitational on Friday at Pickard Park.

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Simpson finished with 20 points, easily ahead of Graceland (69), Iowa Wesleyan (80), Southwestern CC (98) and Des Moines Area CC (99).

Hunemiller turned in her top-career finish by taking second among collegiate runners, finishing the 4k course in 17:21. Buchheit was close behind in 17:24.

Freshman Kaitlyn Murano led a trio of rookies in Simpson’s top-seven, placing fourth in 17:33. After junior Audrey Klein in fifth (17:39), newcomers Kyli Orr (17:40) and Caitlyn Lucht (17:49) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, and Ashlee Litterer placed eighth (17:55).

Up Next
Simpson goes to the Les Duke Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Grinnell.

Storm Varsity Finishers
2. Shelby Hunemiller, 17:21
3. Emily Buchheit, 17:24
4. Kaitlyn Murano, 17:33
5. Audrey Klein, 17:39
6. Kyli Orr, 17:40
7. Caitlyn Lucht, 17:49
8. Ashlee Litterer (17:55)