By Colin Marklowitz —
The Blue Devil men’s cross country team had a stellar day at the Woody Greeno University of Nebraska Invitational on Sept. 20, as three runners finished in the top 10 on the way to a first place team finish.
Seniors Patrick Jenkins (Cambridge, Wis.) and Paul Van Grinsven (Little Chute, Wis.) led the way, finishing the eight kilometer course fifth (26:19.30) and sixth (26:30.50) respectively. Tony Cass (Jr, Hortonville, Wis.) came through the chute in 10th, finishing the race at 26:46.00.
The women’s team also had a great day, taking second place by way of a tie breaker after tying with Iowa Central Community College for first. The Blue Devils were led by Kathleen Thorn (Jr, West Salem, Wis.), who placed ninth. Thorn ran the six kilometer course in a time of 23:56.90. Jordan Kelch (Sr, Menomonie, Wis.) was 13th (24:23.50) with teammate Morgan Sweeney (Jr, Plum City, Wis.) right on her heels in 14th place (24:27.00).
The Blue Devils will run again at the Blugold Open on Friday, Oct. 3 at Whitetail Golf Club.
Morgan Denny (Sr, Luck, Wis.) and Karley Wiensch (Sr, Chippewa Falls, Wis.) were selected to the all-tournament team as the Blue Devils won both their matches at the St. Kate’s Invitational. After a relatively quick three-set win over Grinnell College, University of Wisconsin–Stout came up big with a narrow victory over host team St. Catherine’s University.
Underclassmen Olivia Jung (So, Andover, Minn.) and Ashley Pratt (Fr, Lakeville, Minn.) came up big for the Blue Devils. Jung finished with a personal-best 18 kills while Pratt contributed 11 kills of her own.
The Blue Devils will open up the conference portion of their schedule on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. when the Pioneers of University of Wisconsin–Platteville travel to Menomonie.
After finishing day one of the Frank Wrigglesworth Blugold Invitational tied for 10th place, the Blue Devil men’s golf team shaved four strokes off their first round score to move up a spot, taking ninth of 15 teams. Blake Lentner (Sr, Ramsey, Minn.) and Kraig Joy (Sr, Neenah, Wis.) paced UW–Stout, tying for 41st place with two-round scores of 157.
The team will wrap up the fall portion of the schedule at the Midwest Regional Invitational, which will take place on Sept. 29 and 30 at Trapper’s Turn in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The Blue Devils were thoroughly handled by the St. Thomas Tommies when the teams met for a non-conference matchup on Sept. 17. UW–Stout fell 9-0 to the Tommies. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Blue Devils will travel to Ripon, Wis. to square off against Ripon College and Alverno College.