MEQUON, Wis. - Running in their first 8K race of the season, the Concordia University Wisconsin men's cross country team placed fifth in its home Falcon Invitational Saturday. The meet consisted of 16 teams, including Division I UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.
The meet was the 22nd annual and the weather could not have had better conditions for the runners. The Falcons finish was fifth among Division III institutions, and they ranked second among the six Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference schools. Only MSOE had a higher finish from the NACC, coming in fifth place.
CUW scored 183 points and was paced by junior Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) as he completed the course in 27:36. Sophomore Alex Rosenau (Van Dyne, Wis.) was next in line for the Falcons as he ran a PR time of 27:48. Also scoring for the Falcons was sophomore Adam Fell (Mundelein, Ill. – PR 27:58), freshman Dayton Lueck (Wauwatosa, Wis. – PR 28:14) and junior Robert Meilbeck (Winthrop Harbor, Ill. – PR 28:17).
Sophomore Stephen Bernau (Courtland, Minn.) was the sixth Falcon to finish as he ran a PR time of 28:52, while sophomore Johann Hinck (Cedarburg, Wis.) tied a personal best with a 28:58. Freshman James Haessly (Grafton, Wis.), freshman Zach Ziemann (Jackson, Wis.), junior Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.) and freshmen Aaron Reseburg (Sheboygan, Wis.), Michael Taylor (Denmark, Wis.), Jay Adkins (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Damon Nick (Slinger, Wis.) all ran PRs on Saturday as well.
"Overall, this was a very good start to the season by both the men and women," said Falcons head coach Russ DeLap. "There was some great competition and a big crowd of spectators which made for a lot of energy. I was happy with how we competed and am looking for both teams to improve each week. There were many who ran their personal record and that's great being it is early in the season. We have a lot of work to do but this group is great at working hard and I am confident we will keep getting better.
UW-Milwaukee won the overall team championship as they scored 21 points, finishing with five runners in the top seven. Lawrence University was the top Division III school with a score of 63 in the DIII only school standings. Elmhurst's Will Cross broke the course record with a 25:17, finishing tops among all individuals.
CUW returns to action Saturday, September 28 when they will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The men's 8K race is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.