MEQUON, Wis. – Despite missing several runners, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Cross Country team finished fifth at the Wisconsin Private College Championships. The meet was hosted by CUW as the Falcons had four runners finish with career best times.
Freshman Dayton Lueck (Wauwatosa, Wis.) paced the Falcons on Saturday with a 22nd-place finish as he completed the course in a time of 28:18.1. He was followed by senior Jordan Guenther (West Bend, Wis.) who ran a season-best time of 28:32.9.
The first of the four Falcons to run a personal-best at the Private College Championships was sophomore Stephen Bernau (Courtland, Minn.) as he completed the course in 28:36.9. He was followed by sophomore Adam Fell (Mundelein, Minn.) with a time of 28:39.4, while freshman James Haessly (Grafton, Wis.) was the final scoring runner for CUW with a PR time of 28:44.9.
Sophomore Alex Rosenau (Van Dyne, Wis.) and junior Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.) were the next two Falcons to finish the 8K course, running times of 28:45.6 and 29:28.8, respectively. A pair of freshmen, Zach Ziemann (Jackson, Wis.) and Michael Taylor (Denmark, Wis.) clocked in at 29:32.7 and 29:58.5, while sophomore Johann Hinck (Cedarburg, Wis.) ran a 30:23.0.
The final two Falcons to run personal-bests on Saturday were sophomore Micah Fritz (Roseville, Minn.) and freshman Damon Nick (Slinger, Wis.). Fritz ran a 31:13.7, while Nick shaved over a minute off his previous best time, finishing the course in 31:14.7.
The Falcons were missing several athletes as the team is trying to get fully healthy for the NACC Championships, which are two weeks away. As the Falcons push for the rest of the championship season, head coach Russ DeLap wanted to make sure everyone is in the best position moving forward.
St. Norbert College won the meet, scoring 53 points and narrowly edging MSOE who finished with 58. Wisconsin Lutheran College had the top two finishers in Chase Robles and Isaac Hill.
The Falcons will return to action in two weeks when they take part in the NACC Championships, which will be hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran.