The 2010 MIAC men’s and women’s cross country championships took place Saturday, Oct. 30. The St. Thomas men’s team placed fourth out of 11 teams with 141 points, and the women’s team placed second out of 11 teams with 89 points.
The 8K championship was hosted by St. Catherine’s University at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul.
St. Olaf scored 53 points to beat the women’s team, and St. Olaf junior Maren Westby earned the individual title.
Last year St. Thomas placed third and St. Olaf took fourth place. Carleton, Gustavus and Bethel also placed in the 2010 MIAC championship top five.
St. Thomas had three students place in the top ten, including sophomore Taylor Berg who placed fourth. She took 19th in 2009 and improved her time by 15.5 seconds this year. Senior Allie Metzler placed sixth and freshman Erin Statz placed 10th.
“We struggled a little but in maybe like the top places,” said senior Christine Skopec. “But I think that we started getting some momentum at the end and I think it went pretty well.”
Other St. Thomas scorers included junior Nikki Schminaki, freshman Emily Kindespire and freshman Sarah McNamara.
Hamline University won the team championship with 31 points, and Hamline junior Devin Monson took the men’s individual title as well. In the 2009 championship, Hamline also took first place and Monson placed sixth.