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Titans Finish Fifth At Blugold Invitational

Alexandria Demco took 29th place among the 346 runners at the Blugold Invitational.
Alexandria Demco took 29th place among the 346 runners at the Blugold Invitational.

The UW-Oshkosh women's cross country team used a 26th-place run from Ashton Keene to finish fifth among 27 programs at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational held Friday (Oct. 4) at the Whitetails Golf Course in Colfax.

UW-Oshkosh acquired its fifth-place team score by totaling 169 points and owning five of the meet's top 60 runners.

UW-Eau Claire captured the team title with 49 points while University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College (Minn.) followed with 61. The University of Minnesota earned the second-place award over St. Olaf College on a scoring tiebreaker.

Rounding out the top five teams were fourth-place UW-Stevens Point with 152 points and UW-Oshkosh.

Other programs in the top 10 listings were sixth-place UW-La Crosse with 177 points, eighth-place College of Saint Benedict (Minn.) with 236, ninth-place UW-Whitewater with 310 and 10th-place Michigan Tech with 332.

Keene traveled the 6,000-meter trail in a time of 23:08. She also was UW-Oshkosh's top runner at the UW-Parkside Vic Godfrey Open held Sept. 6.

Joining Keene in helping create UW-Oshkosh's team score were Alexandria Demco, Amanda Van Den Plas, Elizabeth Reddeman and Meygan Benzing. Demco finished 29th with a time of 23:21 while Van Den Plas placed 35th in 23:25, Reddeman 55th in 23:53 and Benzing 60th in 23:56.

St. Olaf College's Bryony Hawgood won the race of 346 runners with her time of 21:54 while UW-Eau Claire's Lexie Trimble finished second in 22:10 and Lakehead University's (Ontario, Canada) Rebekkah Pyle third in 22:13.

Unattached runner Morgan Marek finished fourth with a time of 22:16 and University of Minnesota's Elena Hayday fifth in 22:24.

UW-Oshkosh also had Libby Geisness place 91st in 24:24, Tayah Cunningham 92nd in 24:25, Breanna Van Den Plas 136th in 25:15, Melissa Srnka 144th in 25:21, Lauren Urban 156th in 25:31, Tricia Cich 165th in 25:46 and Megan Berg 171st in 25:54.

UW-Oshkosh competes at Lawrence University's Gene Davis Invitational next Saturday (Oct. 12) in Appleton.