indiThe No. 9 University of Minnesota women's cross country team posted a perfect score of 15 in capturing the title at the Arkansas-Little Rock Invitational on Saturday. Minnesota swept the top five individual places to tally its first perfect team score in an invitational meet during head coach Gary Wilson's 16-year career with the Gophers.
Minnesota easily outdistanced second-place Arkansas-Little Rock's total of 55. Vanderbilt was third with 73, Wichita State fourth at 111 and Henderson State fifth at 149.
Senior Corinne Nimtz edged teammate senior Elaine Eggleston for the individual title. Both were clocked at 13 minutes, 40 seconds, over the 4,000-meter course with Nimtz declared the champion.
Completing the perfect team score was freshman Darja Vasiljeva in third in a time of 13:53, sophomore Chrissy Eid in fourth at 14:01 and junior Victoria Moses in fifth at 14:14.
In addition to the top five individual places, the Gophers also claimed eighth and ninth-place finishes. Freshman Laine Mesch placed eighth in 14:24, while sophomore Anita Menden was ninth in 14:25.
The Gophers' next action is at the Memorial Classic, Saturday, Oct. 14, at Iowa State. The meet is the NCAA pre-national meet and will be held on the same course that will host the NCAA Championship on Nov. 20.