SOUTH BEND -- North Central put together strong finishes in two locations on Friday, turning in a third-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational and a second-place effort at its own Cardinal Classic.

The Cardinals also entered a freshman team in the Cardinal Classic at St. James Farm in Warrenville, which placed fourth in the six-team field.

North Central's varsity squad competed in the Gold Division at Notre Dame, which included teams from all divisions of collegiate competition. The Cardinals, who entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the most recent USTFCCCA Poll, turned in 67 points to finish behind the third-ranked team in Division II, Grand Valley State University (45 points), and a Canadian team, the University of Windsor (50 points). Calvin College, the third-ranked team in Division III, placed fourth with 133 points.

Windsor's Matt Walters won the individual title, completing the 8,000-meter (five-mile) course in 24 minutes, 54 seconds. The Cardinals were paced by Matt Perez, who finished seventh overall in 25:17. Dan Kerley placed 10th in 25:22, while Neal Klein and Matt Brinkmeier finished 11th and 12th, respectively, each timed in 25:26. Yonatan Mascote completed North Central's scoring by placing 27th in 25:48.

North Central scored 56 points in the Cardinal Classic, finishing only behind Wheaton College's total of 26. The Cardinals' freshman squad put up 93 points.

North Central assistant coach Kyle Brady, competing unattached, won the race in 25:35. Aaron Ferst was the Cardinals' top finisher, placing eighth in 26:35, followed closely by Luke Nally, who placed ninth in 26:39. Kelvin Guilbault finished 15th (26:52), Spiros Angelakos placed 18th (27:00) and Michael Matuszak came in 19th (27:02).

The Cardinals' freshman squad was paced by Mackenzie Boyd, who finished 14th in 26:50. Sebastian Flieger (23rd, 27:11), Juliano Lodi (24th, 27:12), Matt Muth (25th, 27:14) and Ryan Bartell (27th, 27:30) also figured into North Central's scoring.