Colin Marklowitz —

Freshman runners played a huge role for the University of Wisconsin–Stout cross-country team at the St. Mary’s University Open on Saturday, Sept. 6. Five of each team’s top seven runners were freshman running in their first collegiate meet.

On the men’s side, senior David Ritter, from River Falls, Wis., led four Blue Devil runners in the top 15, finishing 10th in a time of 24:02.77. Freshman David Rosenlund of Oconto Falls, Wis. finished 12th in a time of 24:06.70, followed closely by freshmen Joe Van Grinsven of Little Chute, Wis. in 13th (24:07.5) and Cole Robinson from Combined Locks, Wis. in 14th (24:13.10). Rounding out the Blue Devil runners were freshman Matt Lancour of Little Chute, Wis. in 16th (24:24.50), sophomore Tyler Henkemeyer of Rosemount, Minn. in 18th (24:25.95) and freshman Tucker McMahan from Belleville, Wis. in 26th (24:46.19).

For the women’s team, a pair of freshmen were the top Blue Devil finishers, as Shelby Terhell from Osceola, Wis. and Courtney Schaffer of Fairchild, Wis. finished 27th and 28th with times of 22:23.34 and 22:23.58, respectively. Sara Rosewicz, a senior from Edgar, Wis., finished 33rd (22:31.60), followed by freshmen Brianna Ferguson from McHenry, Ill. in 34th (22:35.87), Hailey Haen from Kaukauna, Wis. in 49th (23:08.91) and Hannah Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn. in 51st (23:22.36). Junior Emily Bauman of Manitowoc, Wis., finished 52nd with a time of 23:30.06.

Both teams are off until Sept. 20, when they will travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational.

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