MADISON, Wis. - The Columbia men's and women's cross country team competed in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The Columbia men finished 18th out of a loaded 39-team field in the 8K race. The Lions' women's team was 27th out of a tough 44-team field in the 6K race.
Senior standout Kyle Merber continues to work his way into midseason form, leading the No. 18 Columbia men with a 44th-place finish out of 270 runners and clocking in at 24:26. Junior Mike Murphy was 78th with a time of 24:41.5. The Lions' time of 36 seconds between their first and fifth runners ranked among the top seven, once again reflecting Columbia's excellent ability to stay together in the pack.
While the field was very tough, the Columbia men finished ahead of nine teams represented in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll, including five top-30 teams and four teams receiving votes.
On the women's side, junior Caroline McDonough led the way, finishing 52nd with a time of 20:56.1. First-year Waverly Neer ran a great race, finishing 72nd with a time of 21:06.2.
Next up for both Lions teams is the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29 in Princeton, N.J.
LIONS' MEN TAKE 6TH, WOMEN FINISH 7TH IN PRINCETON INVITATIONAL
The Lions also fielded teams in Sunday's Princeton Invitational. The Columbia men finished sixth and the Columbia women took seventh. Daniel Everett led the men in the 8K race, finishing seventh with a time of 25:05. Gary Brownell took 13th, crossing the line in 25:12. Chelsea Carrick led the Columbia women with a 19th-place showing, posting a time of 23:29.