WAVERLY, Iowa – The Augustana No. 6 men’s and No. 1 women’s teams turned in dominating performances at the Dan Huston Invitational, winning both team titles.
The seven Viking men’s runners registered the top seven spots in the 8,000-meter run. Adam Braun logged the top finish, but the first four Augustana runners all clocked in at 24:58.
Travis Beniak, TJ Gleason, and Paul Yak all recorded the winning time of 24:58 and Ryan Evans registered the final scoring time of 25:04. The five-runner spread of six seconds shows that the Vikings are in post-season form after this race.
On the women’s side, Augustana placed four of the top six finishers and the fifth Viking to cross the finish line came in 12th. Runa Falch clocked the winning time of 21:37 for the 6,000-meter run. Annie Pfeifle logged a 21:47 time, good for second place and Leah Black and Kyle Blakeslee placed third and fourth at 22:05 and 22:10, respectively. Megan Brown rounded out the Augustana top-five with a 22:57 finish.
Coach Tracy Hellman was very pleased with the women’s five-runner spread of 1:20 as well. “Today’s performance was a great final tune-up as we now enter championship season,” Hellman said. “If we can continue to progress and stay healthy, we will have a great opportunity to finish the year with our best performance.”