Oct. 4, 2013
By Hailey Misheff
Athletic Media Relations
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Colorado State cross country team competed Friday in the Notre Dame Invitational, with the men's team finishing fifth, while the women's squad placed 20th.
"It was a very, very tough meet," said cross country coach Art Siemers, "All of the teams that were in the gold division were high-caliber teams.
Senior Alex Muntefering led his team at the meet, completing the men's 5-mile course in 24 minutes, 50.8 seconds, claiming 20th place in his division.
Coming in a mere 1.4 seconds after Muntefering was CSU's, Andrew Goodman (24:52.2), the reigning Mountain West Athlete of the Week. Tailing Goodman were Ben Larson (25:04.7), Christian Meyer (25:10.4), Jacob Morgan (25:27.7) and Jefferson Abbey (25:38.2). Wrapping up the race for the men were Adam Hartman (26:08.8) and Joe Marchand (26:59.1).
"The men really worked hard," said Siemers. "It was probably their best team race so far, as far as holding on, working together, not giving up and running with ram pride, so very exciting."
Whitney Henderson reclaimed her stride at the meet running the women's 5K in 18 minutes, 18.1 seconds, to finish 76th. Finishing just behind Henderson were freshmen Karlee Schwartzkopf (18:22.0) and Alex Hess (18:22.1).
"We're still getting back from some injuries and sickness," added Siemers of the women's team. "Overall they are definitely getting stronger. Kaitlin Hanenburg had to pull out of the race today because she's just too sick right now."
One of the biggest achievements at the meet, for the 16th-ranked men's squad was finishing ahead of Mountain West rival New Mexico, which entered the week ranked just behind the Rams at 21st nationally.
"We beat New Mexico who has a strangle hold on the Mountain West," said Siemers. "They've won the last four Mountain West titles. I don't think any team has beaten New Mexico in the past four-plus years. That was a really big thing for us."
"Our goal is to win the Mountain West Conference," added Siemers of the season goals for the men's team. "CSU's never won it, so that's one of our biggest goals this year."
The men's and women's teams have a slight break before they come back to Indiana for Pre-Nationals Oct.19.
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