TACOMA, Wash. - Two runners placed in the top ten overall as the Pacific Lutheran University men's cross country team tallied a third place finish on Saturday at the season-opening Puget Sound Invitational at Fort Steilacoom.
Brad Hodkinson was the first Lute across the line, traversing the 8,000-meter course in 27 minutes, 47 seconds to place sixth overall. Chris Nussbaum was one second back, securing seventh in 27:48. Porter Kreier was just outside the top 10, placing 11th in 28:03 while Kyle Rapacz (28:21) and Bo Frohock (28:22) rounded out the scoring five, placing back-to-back in 16th and 17th overall.
"It was fun to get the season started today at the Puget Sound Invitational," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "It was an ideal morning for cross country and we were fortunate to receive lots of support from family and friends. The race was a great opportunity to get a sense of where our fitness is early in the season. I was excited to see teammates working with each other and encouraging each other over the course. The positive energy within the group is palpable and I know we'll continue to get stronger in the weeks ahead."
PLU tallied 54 points in the team standings, placing third overall. Division II Saint Martin's University took the team title, amassing 26 points. University of Puget Sound's Gerem Lizier-Zmudinski secured top individual honors, crossing the tape in 26:43.
The Lutes are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17, competing at the University of Washington's Sundodger Invitational.