The Piper Men's Cross Country team was almost as perfect as the weather Saturday morning. They finished 1-2-4-5 in overwhelming the four-team field. Devin Monson (Sr., Thompson, N.D.) led the way, navigating the 4K course in 12:14.55. Teammate Jack Deichert (Sr., Golden Valley, Minn.) was second with 12:29.98. Ellis Richardson (Sr. Shoreview, Minn.) was a close fourth at 12:32.17 (a mere .26 out of third place), nipping teammate Colin Rogers (Jr., River Falls, Wis.), who clocked in at 12:34.06. Brendan Ruter (Jr., New London, Minn.) was 11th (12:46.89) to round out Hamline's scoring for the meet.
The Pipers' 23 points handsomely bested St. John's, which was second with 42 points. They are almost certain to retain their top status in the USTFCCA Central region poll for Division III schools. They also stand 23rd nationally.
In the women's race, Sara Holland (Sr., Dousman, Wis.) staged a duel with teammate Maria Theisen (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) Holland's time of 15:36.06 placed her in sixth place. Theisen was less than two seconds behind (15:37.84) and finished seventh. Carolyne Bocovich (Jr., Andover, Minn.) had a tight battle of her own with Kaitlyn Frenchick (Sr., Payneville, Minn.) Bococovich was 25th at 16:23.71 while Frenchick at 16:24.69. Claire Walling (Jr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) was HU's fifth scorer, coming in 31st place (16:36.74). As a team, HU finished third with 76 overall points. The defeated a couple of MIAC foes -- the host Wildcats and Macalester.
Both teams have one tuneup remaining before the MIAC Championships at the end of the month. The women will go 6K and the men, the two-time conference champs, will travel 8K at the UW-LaCrosse Invitational next Saturday.