CHICAGO, Il. - Running against its largest field of the season, the Illinois Institute of Technology women's cross country team placed two runners in the top 80 en route to a twenty-third-place finish Saturday at the 40th annual Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, hosted by Loyola University (Chicago) at Montrose Beach along the shores of Lake Michigan.
The Scarlet Hawks totaled 668 points to finish twenty- third while McMaster (Canada) won the team title with 105 points in the 51-team field. The host Ramblers were the runner-up with 112 points. IIT was the top finishing NAIA team while also placing ahead of multiple NCAA division I & II teams. Sophomore Abby Jahn led the Hawks for the fourth time in four outings this year, finishing 58th overall in a 5K personal-best 18:39. Sophomore Courtney Rouse recorded her best finish of her career, scoring second for IIT right behind Jahn in 77th place with a time of 18:49, also a 5K best.
Junior Jordan Kelch was third for Illinois Tech in 213th place, clocking a 20:03, while teammate Kira Vincent crossed in 237rd in 20:22, another personal best. Sophomore Anne Crotteau rounded out the Scarlet Hawks scoring five in 259th place. Senior Claudia Garcia placed 311th in 21:13 while Sophomore Natalie Kruit was seventh for IIT 325th place in 21:21. A total of 514 runners competed in the meet.
The Scarlet Hawks are off next week before returning to action at the 6K UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, hosted by the UW-Oshkosh, Saturday, Oct. 13 at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wi.