SAULT STE. MARIE - Runners from Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and Finlandia took on the Minneapolis ski hill during the Lake Superior Challenge Cross Country Meet held Saturday on the Sault Cross Country Trail.
"Overall the races went well," LSSU coach Steve Eles said. "This is the first time in my five years of coaching at LSSU that we raced in nearly 80-degree weather in cross country."
Jeffrey Kuhl was fourth in 16:24.1 to lead the Laker men on the
"Jeffery Kuhl ran a fantastic race on the men's side placing fourthoverall," Eles said. "He ran an aggressive race and I was very proud of how hard he ran. I thought our men's team was aggressive early in the race, but was a little hesitant especially in the last 1/4 mile. We will work on getting more aggressive at the end of the race. The trio of Lucas Pease, Sean Vardy and Jake Hoover again ran well running together."
Pease was 16th in 16:52.6, while Vardy was 17th in 16:57.8 and Hoover 21st in 17:04.3.
Aubree Danielson was 24th in 20:51.7 to lead the Laker women.
"In the women's race, I found that the ladies finished strong," Eles said. "Freshman Aubree Danielson was our top runner for the second meet in a row. Kayla Nowak and Meghan Thomas ran excellent races, finishing very strong as our second and third runners."
Nowak placed 28th with a time of 21:07.4, followed by Thomas, who was 29th in 21:07.6.
The Lakers will get a test run on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship course on Sept. 25 at Saginaw Valley State.
"I am really looking forward to racing down at SVSU," Eles said. "It will serve as our first full race distances -- 8k for men and 6k for women. Our athletes will gain valuable experience running on the conference course in their first long race of the season."