No. 1 North Central (Ill.) at Notre Dame Invitational
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- One of the nation's best competitive fields did little to deter the North Central (Ill.) Friday afternoon, as the Cardinals emerged with a second-place finish out of 23 teams in the gold division at the Notre Dame Invitational.
The Cardinals, who entered the meet as the No. 1-ranked NCAA Division III team in the nation, totaled 78 points in the meet, finishing only behind the No. 3-ranked NCAA Division II team, Grand Valley State. The Lakers placed five runners among the top 17 finishers and won the meet with 40 points. The top five was rounded out by the Windsor-Ontario with 108 points, Central Michigan with 126 and IUPUI with 150.
North Central did make off with the individual championship, as John Crain pulled away for an impressive first-place finish. Crain remained unbeaten in 2013 by touring the 8,000-meter (five-mile) course in 25 minutes, 15.2 seconds, bettering runner-up Alan Peterson of Grand Valley State by 20 seconds.
The Cardinals' second finisher was Troy Kelleher, who crossed the line 13th overall in 25:54.7, while Ben Dickshinski also cracked the top 20, placing 18th in 26:01.9. North Central's scoring was rounded out by Travis Morrison, who finished 25th in 26:11.0, and Mitch Gilbert, who placed 27th in 26:14.6.
North Central has placed in the top three at Notre Dame each year since 2008, taking first place three times.
No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse, No. 7 Wisconsin-Eau Claire, No. 10 St. Olaf at Blugold Invitational
COLFAX, Wis. -- Wisconsin-La Crosse captured the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational on Friday afternoon at Whitetail Golf Course. The Eagles finished with 54 team points while St. Olaf placed second with 80 points and Central (Iowa) third with 98.
Wisonsin-Eau Claire was fourth (102) and Lakehead was fifth (149).
St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser won the Blugold Invitational.
David Stilin was UW-La Crosse's top finisher on Friday, placed sixth overall with a time of 25:08.08 on the 8,000-meter course. The Eagles' Garrett Kerska was 11th (25:13.09), Alex Ciesielski 12th (25:14.72) and Andrew Rohlman 13th (25:15.08).
Ryan Mugan led the charge for the Blugolds. He placed ninth with a time of 25:10 over the course of 8,000 meters, besting his personal record by five seconds, which he set earlier in the year at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational.