Women's Cross Country Team Takes Second at National Catholic Invitational
Sept. 20, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Xavier men's and women's team competed in the National Catholic Invitational this afternoon at Notre Dame, where the women's team finished second overall amongst Division I schools.
The women's team had strong performances, with five runners finishing in the top twenty-five. The squad was lead by Abby Fischer, who finished fourth overall (17:37.6), and Clare Fischer, who finished sixth overall (17:43.2). Jessica Albers (18:06.5), Sarah Mazzei (18:18.1) and Audrey Ramos (18:18.8) also all came through with stellar performances.
Head Coach Ryan Orner said, "The women's team ran very well today against some very strong teams. Our goal was to beat Notre Dame and we fell short of that but it's still an honor to finish second at a meet that has a rich history and one that we take pride in running. I thought both Abby and Clare Fischer had an outstanding race and showed that they can run with some of the top girls in the nation."
The Musketeers' men's team finished eighth overall amongst Division I schools and second among BIG EAST schools. The team's top performer for the day was Connor Buchholz who finished twenty-eighth with a time of 26:20.4. Behind Buchholz, were teammates Aaron Peterson, who finished forty-fourth overall (26:43.0) and Carter Macey, who finished fiftieth overall (26:53.8).
"Our men's team goal for this meet was to finish in the top ten which they were able to accomplish through pack running over the first 5000 meters," stated Orner. "They're a young team and I think today was a good learning experience for them against some quality teams."
Both teams return to action October 4, at the All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, Ohio and October 5, at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh, Pa.