LAWRENCE, Kans. -- The USD men's and women's cross-country teams competed on a sunny Midwest day at the historic Rim Rock Jayhawk cross-country course Saturday morning.
Freshman Hannah Rasmussen led the Torero women for the second race in a row, finishing with a time of 22:27, good for 10th place in the 6k. Meanwhile, senior Max Pedrotti took 8th place with a time of 25:16 on his 8k course.
"Both teams did a great job of sticking together throughout the race," commented head coach Will Guarino.
With eight teams competing in the Rim Rock Classic, both men's and women's third place victories are impressive. The Torero women trailed closely behind UMKC and Kansas and kept a strong pace to secure third place.
Guarino comments, "The course at Kansas is a `thinking-man's' course because of the level of difficulty. Our team used brains, courage and heart to place third on this trying course."
Guarino also made a point to comment on why running in Kansas was so monumental for this San Diego team. "We wanted to come here to Kansas to pay tribute to the great history that Kansas has had in American distance running."
He continued, "At USD, we have a culture of being change makers who write their own story. However, at times we must compare ourselves to those that brought change before us so we may aspire to meet and exceed their feats."
Each of the women placing after Rasmussen improved their times from the last meet, impressing Guarino. Completing in quick succession after Rasmussen was Madison Lambros (22:32) and Julie Giannini (22:34), placing 10th and 11th, respectively.
Says Guarino, "We are at a critical stage of our running development and our destiny is truly to take our running to another level."
The Toreros are looking forward to running in the Bronco Classic on October 14th.
USD Women's Results:
Hannah Rasmussen, FR 22:27
Madison Lambros, RS FR 22:32
Julie Giannini, SR 22:34
Hope McLaughlin, SO 22:41
Caitlin Stoner, FR 22:56
Cammy Manes, FR 23:00
Natalie North-Cole, JR 23:03
Molly Klein, FR 23:23
Cassidy Kuhn, SO 23:35
USD Men's Results:
Max Pedrotti, SR 25:16
Liam Burke, SR 25:22
Isaiah Quiambao, JR 26:22
Zach Hinz, SR 26:40
Jackson Pearce, FR 26:56
Patrick Bruce, SO 26:59
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