By Kylie Bowman
The University of Wisconsin–Stout’s cross-country teams fought it out at the Brooks Invitational Saturday, Oct. 19 to get the results that they did. Thirty-seven teams attended the meet hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, which had 566 male and 509 female competitors.
The men strode to the finish line in 9th place, carried by upper classmen teammates Jessop Keene and Patrick Jenkins. Both runners were in the top 25 finishers in the men’s 8K.
Keene, a senior from Ellsworth, Wis., ran his way to third place with a time of 24 minutes, 33 seconds. Jenkins, a junior from Cambridge, Wis., was not far behind at 25:13, resulting in an 18th-place finish.
The other UW–Stout runners held their own, all five crossing the finish line in less than 27 minutes, but their placement ranged from 84 to 130.
The women’s team placed 21st in their division led by sophomore Kathleen Thorn from West Salem, Wis., who finished in a time of 23:22. Sydnee Braun, a freshman from Neenah, Wis., was not far behind with a time of 23:49.
Alexa Bitzer, a senior from Eden Prairie, Minn., was the third runner to finish in less than 24 minutes. Bailey Durkin, a senior from Appleton, Wis., and Emily Bauman, a senior from Manitowoc, Wis., finished the 6K course in less than 25 minutes.
The Blue Devils will compete in the WIAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2 in River Falls, Wis.