SALEM, Ore. -- The Creighton men's cross country team finished 9th and the women 10th at the 38th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational. The Bluejay contingent was part of nearly 950 participants from 10 states to compete.
The race also featured several nationally-ranked teams and was split into two races, Cardinal and Gold. The Cardinal race featured NCAA Division I, II, and III teams. The Gold race contained NAIA, junior colleges, club teams and unattached runners.
The University of Portland, ranked fifth nationally in Division I, took the top spot in the men’s 8k Cardinal race. Boise State placed second and San Francisco State placed third. Portland’s Lars Erik Malde took individual honors with a time of 24:29.
Oregon State claimed first in the women’s 5k Cardinal race. Boise State and Portland finished second and third respectively. Amber Rozcicha of Portland State finished clocking in at 17:46.
For the fourth time in as many races Courtney Sawle finished first for the Bluejay women. The sophomore ran a personal best 18:24. Her previous best of 18:41 was set at the Greater Louisville Classic last fall. Freshman Emily Peterson finished 45th clocking in at 19:09, a personal best. Fellow freshman Emily Mauser placed 63rd with a career best of 19:19. Junior Meagan Wilderson finished with one of the better times of her career 19:27 to place 72nd, and sophomore Jessica Johnson ran a personal best 20:05 and placed 121st. The women finished with a team score of 283.
Like the women, the Bluejay men saw an improvement in their times. Garrett Kenyon led the Bluejays. The freshman set his personal best with a time of 25:42 and finished 20th. Senior Mike Hitt finished 33rd with a time of 26:09. Sophomore Drew Prescott (53rd, 26:26), sophomore Steve Raimondi (66th, 26:40) and senior Tom Shimp (87th, 27:11) rounded out the top five. The men finished with a combined score of 252.
The Bluejays will take a week off before competing at the Bradley Classic Oct. 12 in Peoria, Ill.