Martinez Paces Warriors at White Invite; Women Finish 8th, Men 9th

CRETE, Neb. – In ideal racing conditions with temperatures in the upper-50’s and gusts of wind few and far between, Midland University’s cross country teams took to the course at the Dean White Invitational on Saturday. The women placed eighth in the 5k while the men placed sixth in the 8k.

Concordia won the women’s 5k race while Dordt won the men’s 8k. Individually, Maddie Bach of Nebraska-Kearney won the 5k with a time of 18:59.98. On the men’s side Alec Wick of Northwestern recorded a time of 25:55.50 for the first-place finish in the 8k.

Pacing the women was Vivian Sanchez who finished 45th overall with a time of 21:22.15. Paige Thelen came in 59th place with a time of 21:48.03 and was followed by Ally Muessel who came across the line with a time of 22:15.64 for 73rd place. Other finishers for the women were Erin Kahnk (85th, 23:14.120, Victoria Bitz (101st, 24:59.90), and Jaineily Ortiz (102nd, 25:10.30).

On the men’s side CJ Martinez led the Warriors with a time of 26:45.78 which was good for 9th place. Jose Gonzalez crossed the line in 11th place with a time of 26:47.92. Ross McMahon finished in 60th place with a time of 29:22.70 while Christian McCafferty recorded a 65th place finish with a time of 29:34.80. Other finishers for the men were Christopher Lopez (71st, 29:51.43), Alex France (76th, 30:04.21), Daniel Olson (77th, 30:10.65), and Dylan Hill (92nd, 31:23.72).

“It’s tough to race in back to back weeks, especially with the guys doing 5 miles,” commented head coach Daniel Gerber. “Many of our athletes ran faster than they did last week, showing a lot of mental toughness and fighting through the fatigue of back to back races.”

Up next for Midland is the Dordt Invite on Saturday, October 12 in Sioux Center, Iowa.