No. 1 North Central (Ill.) takes title
Perez, Kerley pace Cardinals at Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invite
WINNECONNE, Wis. -- Top-ranked North Central (Ill.) captured the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday afternoon, besting the field as four Cardinal runners finished among the top 10 individual finishers at the Lake Breeze Golf Course.
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The Cardinals blew away the 47-team field that featured 12 teams ranked in the most recent NCAA Division III coaches' poll, tallying 49 points. Fifth-ranked Washington-St. Louis was a distant second with 137 points followed by conference rival and 29th-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) with 154 points. Third-ranked Calvin was fourth with a team score of 156 with the host and eighth-ranked Titans rounding out the top five with a team tally of 158.
Matt Perez and Dan Kerley paced the Cardinals, finishing back-to-back in fourth and fifth places. Perez traversed the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, seven seconds, with Kerley finishing four seconds later.
Matt Brinkmeier checked in at ninth place with a time of 25:17 while John Crain was the fourth North Central runner across the line, finishing in 25:17, good enough for 10th place. Kevin Sparks was the fifth Cardinal to cross the tape, finishing 21st with a time of 25:35.
Tim Hird (25:43) and Yonatan Mascote (25:53) rounded out the varsity finishers for North Central, placing 24th and 37th, respectively,