Wildcats excel at large XC meet

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

The Wayne State Cross Country team competed at one of the largest NCAA
meets in the nation this past weekend.

WSC ran at the 32nd Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.

The men placed 30th and the women placed 33rd out of 41 teams in both divisions.

Antoine Bardou made his return to give the Wildcats their top runner from last year. Bardou raced to a time of 27:35 on the 8k course to
place 66th out of a competitive field that included more than 450 runners.

“It’s good to be back,” Bardou said. “Especially at a race like Griak because it’s such an awesome place to run. But for me, this is just part of the process to get ready for track season.”

Freshman Molly McCartney was once again the women’s top runner, with
a time of 25:53 on the 6k course to place 157th out of over 400 competitors.

“Running at the third largest meet in the country was a rush,” McCartney said. “Running against that many people made it feel like it
went by fast. There were a lot more rolling hills and turns at the Griak course, which made it tough, but it’s what we’ve been training

Other finishers for the men were Jack Doughty (186, 29:21), Isaias Solorio (206, 29:41), Brock Hegarty (214, 29:57), Nathan Pearson (237, 31:03), Bailey Peckham (246, 31:37) and Nathan Heimer (259,

Other finishers for the women were Joan Jelimo (189, 26:44), Kim Lowman (209, 26:59), Brianna Crouch (218, 27:18), Josephine Peitz (249, 29:04) and Sabrina Sack (256, 30:19).

“I feel that the season has gone really well for the team, and looking where we’re at now, it is exciting to see where it will go the rest of the season,” McCartney said.

WSC has the week off before running again at the Briar Cliff Invitational in McCook, S.D. on Oct. 7.