ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Though the calendar said September 22nd is the first day of fall, Mother Nature told us that she wasn't done with summer. As the temperatures reached the upper 90's, the Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country team buckled down and took seventh place at the Brissman/Lundeen Cross Country Invitational hosted by Augustana College (Ill.). The 5k race was held at the Saukie Golf Course and featured 17 collegiate teams in the Blue Division.
Alexa Beezhold (SR/Saint John, Ind.) paced the Tiger contingency, finishing 10th overall in the 244 runner field. Beezhold crossed the finish line in 19:42.2, the only Tiger to break the 20 minute mark. Karalynn Brock (JR/Wilmington, Ill.) placed 25th, finishing the race in 20:14.1. Angela Budach (SO/Woodridge, Ill.) and Betty Taxer (SO/Volders, Austria) finished back-to-back in 46th and 47th place, with Budach edging Taxer out. Budach recorded a 20:51.4 time with Taxer at 20:51.6. Rounding out the top five finishes for Olivet was Hailey Widder (JR/Washington, Ill.) who finished in 20:58.6 in 53rd place.
The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point captured the team title, followed by Warburg College. Augustana placed third with Cornerstone University (Mich.) in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Saint Ambrose University (Iowa).
Olivet will return to action on Friday, Sept. 29 when they host the Midwest Intercollegiate Invitational. The women's race is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bradley, Illinois
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- Oct. 7 - Women's Cross Country @ Fighting Bee Invite hosted by Saint Ambrose University - 7th of 13 - recap - results
- Sep. 29 - Women's Cross Country @ Illiniois Intercollegiate - 3rd of 10 - recap - results
- Sep. 22 - Women's Cross Country @ Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College - 7th of 17 - recap - results
- Sep. 8 - Women's Cross Country @ Midwest Classic - 2nd of 4 - recap - results