How it happened: On a day with perfect weather conditions, the young running Lakers raced there the first 8k. The course featured multiple terrain changes and long stretches of open area.
The Lakers were led by Uriah Aili (FR/Bessemer, MI), who finished 2nd overall with a time of 27:04 on the 8k course, earning Aili the 8k cross country school record. Coach Tiberg, on Aili's performance, "Uriah ran exceptionally well and beyond his years with a very strategic race strategy that played to his strengths. He executed his plan; at the 5k he was in 6th and he continued to move up the in the race. Uriah Aili gets to put his name in our history book here as the school record holder. I am excited to watch Uriah continue to develop and continue to break his own record".
The Lakers also saw strong performances throughout the team. Led by Elias Soto (FR/Elkhart, IN), with a top 20 finish with a time of 28:51. Closely followed by Valdemar Luna (FR/Frost, TX ), who placed 25th with a time of 29:25. Lakers top five was rounded out by also saw good performances from Nolan Portteus(FR/Battlecreek, MI), and Mauricio Diaz (FR/Idaho Falls, ID) placing 37th, 45th, 55th, and 68th respectively.
Overall, Coach Tiberg was very happy with the way that his team performed, stating; "The men ran very well for their first 8k in their careers. The transition to 5k to 8k can be a difficult one but they did well. It's been a long time since this school has had a top 5 finish as a team. These young men need to be proud of what they accomplished today."
The Ken Weidt invitational was won by St. Norbert College with a team score of 25 followed by Carthage University with a score of 58.
Up Next: Lakers will be on the road in Bourbonnais, IL to compete in the Midwest Intercollegiate XC Championships hosted by Olivet Nazarene University. Lakers are set to race the 8000m course at 5:45 PM on Friday, September 20th.
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