By Hope Katherine Clark
Concordia’s women’s cross-country team took first in the Dean White Invitational meet on Saturday, Sept. 28, marking the first win since 2013.
The win was the result of years of hard work. Head Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach Matt Beisel has seen the team improve their conference standings over the past three years, and is hopeful that this win is indicative of continued progress and success.
“What we saw today is similar to what might play out like at conference, so that kind of gets us pretty excited,” Beisel said.
Men’s cross-country also ran at the meet. Many of the team’s previous members graduated last year, and the current team has no seniors, but the returning athletes are strong leaders for the incoming freshmen.
“Every single guy either ran a personal best for that course, which is a (low?) difficulty course,” Beisel said. “The returning guys: every one of them ran a personal best on it, and all the new guys beat their times from the last couple of weeks, so it was an extremely successful day for the guys.”
Cross-country will continue to alternate training and resting as they prepare for the Briar Cliff Invite next weekend.