Brendan Ruter and Maria Theisen (pictured) led their respective CC teams against a loaded field at the Wis-LaCrosse Invitational Saturday. Ruter ) finished 24th in a time of 25:57.6 for the 8K distance.. Nate Dobbins came in 33rd (26:06). As a team, the Pipers scored 361 points to finish14th out of 26 entries that included Division I Minnesota and Division II teams.
Theisen came in 29th (23:04.1) in the 6K race to lead the women's contingent. Cassie Ernst was the only other Piper in the top 100, coming in 96th (24:37.8). the Hu total of 460 points landed them in 16th place among the 28 teams.
It was the last tuneup against foreign competition before the Pipers take on their MIAC compatriots Oct. 27 at Como Golf Course. The men's team are the three-time defending champs.
Men's race results
Women's race results