PALO ALTO, Calif. - The North Dakota State women's cross country team earned an impressive seventh-place team finish out of 34 teams at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday morning.
Redshirt freshman Brecca Wahlund led the Bison for the third consecutive meet, taking 16th place overall with a 6k time of 21:26. Wahlund has now run three cross country races in her collegiate career and has been the top NDSU finisher in each one.
Junior Heidi Peterson was close behind Wahlund, claiming a 20th-place finish in 21:38. Sophomore Abbi Aspengren was 38th in 21:55, junior Maddie McClellan was 78th in 22:26, and senior Faith Kruchowski ran a personal-best 22:31 for 87th place.
Freshman Tarin Lachowitzer also completed the course in 22:31, taking 88th place overall.
As a team, the Bison finished in front of Pac-12 schools USC and California, but the result likely could have been even better. Within the final 1000m of the of the six-kilometer race, McClellan became physically sick and was forced to stop momentarily. After getting sick, McClellan rejoined the race and finished, but the delay likely cost the Bison about 40 points and two spots in the team race.
"I am proud of how the girls ran today," said NDSU head cross country coach Ryun Godfrey. "It was unfortunate that Maddie had to stop 700 meters from the finish to throw up. However, she jumped back in the race right after getting sick and finished. That is a testament to her toughness."
NDSU will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the North Dakota Invitational in Grand Forks.