(Neb)-CSC Cross Country Women 4th, Men 5th In Denver
By Kaleb Center CSC Sports Information Director
DENVER -- The Chadron State College women's cross country team took fourth, and the men's team took fifth, at Washington Park in Denver, in the MSU Denver Roadrunners Invitational Saturday morning.
Women's runners Madi Watson and Emma Willadsen both vastly improved their career bests, which they had run on the same course at Washington Park, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, among collegiate runners and top-20 overall. Watson subtracted 42 ticks from her previous personal best, set last year at the 2018 NCAA South Central Region Championships. Willadsen beat her old record, set at the same event, by more than one minute.
Freshman Jordan Jones competed in her first collegiate race at six kilometers, turning in a top-20 finish among collegians. Her average pace of approximately 6:48 per mile was faster on Saturday than in either of her two five-kilometer races, in which she averaged just over a seven-minute mile.
Sophomore Sydney Settles notched a new career best as well, in addition to juniors Watson and Willadsen.
On the men's side freshmen Garrett Avery and Noah Burtis were both top-20 finishers in the college competition, crossing 17th and 20th, respectively.
The two newcomers both finished ahead of sophomore Zen Petrosius, who set a personal best of his own, by a 50-second margin, on the same course where he was the second-best runner for the Eagles at the 2018 regional at 10 kilometers.
In the women's team standings, Colorado State University-Pueblo took home first place, while the home team paced the men's field.
Individually, the overall women's race was won by unattached runner Amelia Mazza-Downie, a world-class Australian runner attending the University of New Mexico. AldenGruidel from MSU Denver was the first to cross for a college team.
The men's winner was Zouhair Talbi of Northwest Kansas Technical College.
CSC individual women's placings (college):
6, Madison Watson, 23:49.2; 7, Emma Willadsen, 24:03.9; 20, Jordan Jones, 25:17.1; 25, Sydney Settles, 25:45.2; 33, Kira Dickau, 33:02.8.
CSC individual men's placings (college):
17, Garrett Avery, 27:38.8; 20, Noah Burtis, 28:00.5; 29, Austin Russell, 28:50.2; 34, Zen Petrosius, 28:56.8; 55, Dante Peterson, 33:05.9.
1, CSU-Pueblo, 31; 2, MSU Denver, 46; 3, Slippery Rock (Pa.), 90; 4, Chadron State, 91; 5, Colorado Mesa, 93; 6, Johnson & Wales (Colo.), 174.
1, MSU Denver, 37; 2, Colorado Mesa, 52; 3, CSU-Pueblo, 59; 4, Slippery Rock, 105; 5, Chadron State, 155; 6, Regis, 156; 7, Northwest Kansas Technical College, 197; 8, Colorado College, 201; 9, Colorado Mountain College, 236; 10, Johnson & Wales, 245.
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