KENOSHA, Wis. - The Michigan Tech men's cross country team placed three runners in the top-10 to finish second as a team at the Midwest Open hosted by Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday.
"Today was a pretty exciting race for our men's team," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "We are not really in top racing form, and it will be exciting to see how we do with a full season of training under our belt. A number of men used the ideal conditions to run a personal best."
Eric Parsell was the top finisher for the Huskies in 26 minutes, 38 seconds. He was closely followed by Bradon Kampstra, who finished sixth (26:39), and Jonathan Kilpela was seventh (26:39).
Karl Koivisto finished 17th (26:59), and Kyle Hanson completed the scoring for the Huskies with a 20th-place finish (27:03).
The Huskies finished second of 15 teams, including a pair of Division I opponents in UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay with 54 points. Host UW-Parkside won the meet with a score of 30.
Amanda Halonen was the top Tech finisher in the women's five-kilometer race finishing 27th in 19:51. She was followed by Megan Smaby in 59th (20:41) and Lynn Duijndam in 74th (21:07). Amber Peabody finished 79th (21:15) and Marissa Yovetich was 80th (21:17).
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"The women's team is very young and is very thin on depth," said Haggenmiller. "I was pleased to see our seniors led us today."
The Huskies finished ninth of 19 teams with 273 points.
Tech will get a preview of the GLIAC Championship Course at the Northwood Open Sept. 22.