The Emory men’s and women’s cross country teams recorded fine performances on Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Pre-Nationals at the Lake Breeze Golf Club Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The women’s side, ranked 28th nationally, totaled 296 points en route to a 10th-place finish out of 52 teams. No. 1-ranked Washington University claimed the top spot with 70 points while No. 4 MIT was runner-up with 108 points. No. 18 Brandeis was third (213 pts.) and No. 12 Wheaton held down fourth (236 pts.). Senior Kaylee Slade paced the Eagles’ pack and ranked 27th out of 349 entries with a 6K time effort of 22:43. Sophomore Carrie McIntyre was the second Emory performer to cross the finish in a time of 23:10, good for 51st place. Senior Kayla O’Shea (23:13, 54th place) and sophomore Susie Martin (23:15, 56th place) were close behind McIntyre while senior Maeve Andrews rounded out the team’s scorers with an effort of 23:52, placing her 108th.
The 31st-ranked men’s squad closed out the race in 15th place out of 50 teams with 485 points. Top-ranked North Central (IL) finished first with 41 points with No. 6 Washington University placing second. No. 9 Calvin (127 pts.) and No. 5 Haverford (144 pts.) posted third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Jack Whetstone led the Emory contingent for the first time, turning in an 8K showing a 26:19 that placed him 76th in the 344-runner field. Junior Sam Branson was the team’s No. 2 performer, the fourth time in as many races this year that he was among the Eagles’ top-two runners, clocking a 26:30 that put him 98th on the leader board. Senior Bennett Shaw checked in at 26:31, ranking 100th on the scoresheet, while sophomore Luis Torres (26:34, 107th) and Brett Lucas (26:42, 123rd) accounted for the rest of the team’s scoring.