CC coach Paul Schmaedeke was excited to see what his teams would do against top notch talent at the UW-Lacrosse Invitational Saturday. He got his answer: the Pipers fared very well.
Devin Monson (Sr., Thompson, N.D.) ran the 8,000 Meter course in 25:34.3, averaging slightly more than five minutes per mile. That time was good enough for third place, five seconds behind Iowa Central's Jamal Boma. As it developed, third is where his team ended up, trailing only the host school and Nebraska Wesleyan. Hamline finished with 145 points, well ahead of their nearest MIAC challenger, St. Olaf (193 points). St. John's, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester, St. Mary's and Augsburg also were behind HU in the 25-team field.
Ellis Richardson (Sr., Shoreview, Minn.) was the second HU finisher, coming 28th with a time of 26:18.4, nipping teammate Colin Rogers (Jr., River Falls, Wis.) by just two seconds. Jack Deichert (Sr., Golden Valley, Minn.) was 41st at 26:30.8. Chris Reisdorfer (Jr., Adrian, Minn.) was the Pipers' fifth scorer, coming in 77th at 26:56.9.
Sara Holland's (Sr. Dousman, Wis.) 56th place finish was the top effort for the Piper women, who finished in15th place. Holland negotiated the 6,000 meter course in a time of 23:58.9. Maria Theisen (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) was next with an 85th place finish (24:20.3). Carolyne Bocovich (Jr., Andover, Minn., 131st, 25:01), Emily Smith (Fy., Colorado Springs, Colo, 150th, 6:25.8), Dani Vitali (So., Chisago City, Minn., 170th, 25:24.8) rounded out the scoring.
Both teams are off until the conference meet Oct. 29 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul.