Women’s cross country gets a win at Iowa State

Brian Stensaas

With Saturday’s pre-NCAA meet on its mind, the Minnesota women’s cross country team traveled to Iowa on Saturday and came home with the individual and team championships from the Iowa State Memorial Classic.
The Gophers finished the day with 36 points, followed by the host Cyclones with 41. Drake rounded out the top three with 84 points.
Corinne Nimtz finished in a time of 17:59 to claim her first career invitational win. All-American Rasa Michniovaite rebounded from a mediocre Roy Griak Invitational showing to claim second with a time of 18:02. Minnesota’s third through fifth runners finished 10th-12th place.

Men’s cross country
Running without its top core of runners, Minnesota placed third among Division I teams, fourth overall at the Iowa State Memorial Classic on Saturday.
The Gophers managed 77 points in the event. McKendree College took the title with 59, followed by Illinois with 67 and the host Cyclones with 70.
Minnesota freshman Neil Hanson turned in a team-best 25:56 run, good for 14th place. Senior Nate Clay clocked an 18th-place time of 26:08 while freshman Scott Utne finished right behind at 26:11.

Men’s tennis
Minnesota’s two entries in the Arizona Thunderbirds Invitational made early exits Friday.
Freshman Eric Roberts fell to Auburn’s Stephen Huss 5-7, 2-6 while freshman Nate McLain lost to Andy Scorteanu of Fresno State in three sets 7-5 (7-5), 5-7, 3-6.
In Austin, Texas, Thomas Haug advanced to the round of 32 with three wins at the All-American Championships. Senior Martin Michalowski lost in the first round.