The Minnesota women’s cross country team collected the top five finishes to record a perfect team score of 15 points and win the annual Oz Memorial Run versus Drake by a 15-49 count at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Saturday. Senior Emily Brown was perfect in her own rite, capturing medalist honors with a time of 20 minutes, 48.26 seconds, the fastest 6-kilometer time ever recorded by a Minnesota runner on the Golden Gophers’ home course.
“I thought the team ran just marvelously,” said Golden Gopher head coach Gary Wilson, in his 22nd season at the helm. “Brownie (Emily Brown) ran a heck of a time.”
Brown took the lead from the race’s start and, along with teammate Ladia Albertson-Junkans, pushed away from the rest of the field. Brown’s winning time was the 14th-fastest time ever recorded on the Les Bolstad Course overall. Albertson-Junkans’ second place time of 21:17.44 ranks as Minnesota’s fifth-fastest time on the course.
“It was a lower-key meet but I wanted to get out fast and try to simulate what might happen at the Griak in a couple weeks,” explained Brown. “Overall, it was a good steady race.”
Three Gophers running their first collegiate meets capped off Minnesota’s perfect score with third, fourth and fifth-place finishes. True freshman Elizabeth Yetzer posted a time of 21:59.09 for third place. Redshirt freshmen Jamie Cheever and Heather Dorniden followed in fourth and fifth with times of 22:00.96 and 22:40.61, respectively.
The Gophers’ sweep of top finishes extended to the top six as sophomore Carie Steil crossed the finish line in 22:50.24. Drake’s top finisher was Ashley Anklam in seventh-place.
Also finishing in the top 10 for the Gophers were Megan Duwell in eighth place (23:05.82), Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried in ninth (23:08.62) and Amy Laskowski in 10th (23:0913).
Minnesota’s next competition is the Griak Invitational on Sept. 23.