Oct. 19, 2013
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Junior Chelsea Pettit (Savage, Minn.) took ninth overall to lead the Gopher women's cross country team to a second place team finish at the Tori Neubauer Invitational hosted by UW-La Crosse at the Maple Grove Country Club Saturday afternoon.
"Chelsea Pettit had the best race of her career, bar none, between cross country and track," head coach Sarah Hopkins said. "She's finally getting some confidence in herself and figuring out what she can do. It's just awesome to see."
Minnesota's top five runners finished among the top 25 at the meet. Behind Pettit, redshirt sophomore Hannah Trasser (Brookfield, Wis.) and junior Jillian Johnson (Green Bay, Wis.) rounded out the Gophers' top three finishers as Trasser took 17th in 22:35.4 and Johnson was 18th in 22:36.5.
"All around, I think it was a really solid weekend," Hopkins said. "We decided to bring 17 runners to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, so we took five runners who would normally run with this group out there, and they still got second in this meet. To do that is pretty impressive."
In total, 12 Gophers raced as Minnesota came in second in the team standings with 90 points. Wartburg won the meet with 81 points. Luther sophomore Tricia Serres claimed the individual crown in 21:19.3. Over 470 runners from 32 universities competed in the 6K.
Minnesota also raced at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Saturday afternoon. The Gophers placed eighth in the team standings led by junior Molly Kayfes (Maple Grove, Minn.) and senior Laura Docherty (St. Paul, Minn.) in 45th and 48th, respectively. Kayfes crossed the finish line in 20:36 with Docherty on her heels in 20:38.
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