XC prepares for conference tournament

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

Antoine Bardou captured another top ten finish, leading the Wayne State cross country team, as both the men’s and women’s teams competed at the Briar Cliff Invite at McCook Lake, S.D., on Saturday.

Bardou, who has led the Wayne State men’s team all year, made a big improvement by cutting 44 seconds off his personal best time with a time of 25:57 on the 8k course for 10th place.

“It was a good race,” Bardou said. “It’s a really fast course. I want to run my last mile in under five minutes in two weeks at the conference meet. My goal is to get all-conference.”

Isaias Solorio was the next finisher for WSC, finishing in 57th with a time of 27:36. Solorio was followed by Corbin Lehn in 82nd (28:14), Kak Ayaj in 101st (28:51), Joey Black in 105th (28:57), Noah Noecker in 124th (30:02) and Nathan Pearson in 145th (32:31).

The WSC men’s team finished in 10th out of 14 teams with a total of 279 points. Northwestern won the men’s division with 51 points.

“I thought our men’s team had a good performance,” Head Coach Marlon Brink said. “Several people had 8k personal bests. We have some good momentum going into the NSIC meet.”

The WSC women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams with 337 points. Morningside won the women’s division with 81 points.

Andrea DeSimone was the women’s top runner, finishing 31st with a time of 19:05 on the 5k course. The other finishers for WSC were Jamie Larson in 78th (20:18), Alexis Oswald in 100th (21:13), Josephine Peitz in 120th (21:50), Mary Alderson in 144th (23:18) and Sarah Post in 162nd (25:26).

“The women ran some pretty good races,” Brink said. “Andrea’s time was the third fastest of any WSC woman on that course.”

The next time Wayne State will run is at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet in two weeks in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“Our men should be able to place 10th or higher,” Brink said. “For our women there’s only one way to go, up. They are a fairly young team, but we’re a little more well-rounded than last year.”