Junior Kaitlin Hanenburg
Aug. 31, 2012
By Nathan Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The CSU men's and women's cross country squads opened up the season on a familiar course. The Air Force Academy, the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines and the hosting Rams convened at CSU's Hughes Stadium for the Colorado State Open Friday.
Ram harriers Kaitlin Hanenburg and Alex Muntefering began the year strong as the two finished first and third in their respective races. Hanenburg took first with a time of 18:06.9, almost seven seconds ahead of the women's second-place finisher. Muntefering clocked in at 15:29.7 for third place, barely edging teammate Andrew Goodman, who finished in 15:30.4. Newly named CSU head cross country coach Art Siemers was more than happy with the team's performance.
"The women ran well. Kaitlin had her first win in college cross country, which was really exciting. On the men's side, I was really impressed, because Colorado School of Mines is one of the best Division II teams in the country. Our men looked really strong against them. We had a very small pack split, and that's the sign of a good team."
The men's team provided four of the top six finishes, as Christian Meyer (15:35.3) and Ben Larson (15:36.7) finished directly behind Muntefering and Goodman. On the women's side, Whitney Henderson took eighth place with a time of 18:43.2. Emily Briggs took ninth, finishing in 18:46.7. She was followed by Holly Keeper (18:54.3) and Sarah Heuer (18:55.9), who took 10th and 11th respectively.
The meet was unscored, a tuneup for individual runners to get prepared for the approaching competitive season. The Rams look to build on their early success at the Greater Lousiville Classic in Lousville, KY on September 29.
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