Metro’s cross country team hosted its Roadrunner Invitational Oct. 3 at their home track in Washington Park.
The men’s team had a strong finish as they placed second in the 8K race and the women’s team finished fifth in the 6K race.
In the week leading up to the tournament, the Metro coaching staff made sure all was organized in preparation for their first home contest of the season.
“At the end of the day it’s worth it for our athletes,” head coach Nick Maas said. “It gives them a chance to be on their home course and sleep on their own bed. I think that gives us the edge.”
The Roadrunners came out to showcase their talents at home and Maas said that right now it’s the mid-point in the season and they are going to put their best foot forward and show the home crowd what they can do.
Nick Kadlec led the way for the men’s team as he had a final of 26:04. Junior Jason Carey finished second for the Runners with a time of 26:18 followed by freshmen Luis Ronquillo in 12th place. Junior Chris Davis placed 15th and senior Erik Boss finished 18th to round out a team score of 52 points. Metro finished behind CSU-Pueblo who finished first with 50 points.
For the women, senior Lauren Silacci was first to finish placing 14th. Senior Karina Sanchez placed 24th followed by three freshman, Mail Smith (26), Sabrina Rautter (30) and Jazzy Padilla-Nahe (46) to finish with 101 points. CSU-Pueblo took home first with 29 points.
The Lady Runners looking to improve their team bonding in a sport that is more individualized.
“We’re really working on trying to communicate more,” Silacci said. “I think it’s something that has always been an issue, it’s been an issue with every girls’ team.”
The Roadrunners will travel to Hays, Kansas for the Fort Hays State Invitational Oct. 10.