10/02/2010 – The men's cross country team was the first team from the U.S. to finish and third overall behind Windsor and Western Ontario at the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational. A total of 41 schools filled the Montrose Beach Metro Park this morning as gale force winds were blowing in off Lake Michigan. The runners were not only battling each other, but the 40-50 mph winds made this day extra challenging.
The Saints were up to the challenge as they defeated all of the Division I, II, III, NAIA and JUCO teams in the field. Aquinas outdistanced themselves from DI (St. Francis (PA), Northern Iowa, Loyola (ILL), Drake and Depaul) and DII #23 ranked in the nation, Drury.
The Saints were led by the one-two punch of Dustin Heiler and Mike Morgan. The twosome finished the course in 25:34 and 25:42 respectively, a personal best for Morgan. Just off the leaders pace was Devin Lea (25:50), Nate Poirier (26:04) and Mike Gravelyn (26:07). Aquinas received much better efforts today from their 6-11 runners as they all filed in between (26:14 - 26:48). Jim Janisse (26:14) and freshman Dan Foley (26:21) both recorded personal bests in rounding out the top seven for the Saints.
Aquinas will return to action next Friday as the Saints travel to Oakland University to compete at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships.