NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. -- All five runners for the Bellevue University women's cross country team set new personal records as the Bruins, running as a full team for just the second time this season, placed 14th at the Briar Cliff Invitational.
The running conditions were described as ideal by Bruin coach Craig Christians with temperatures in the low 40's and a fast course which saw nine runners (men's and women's) establish new personal records.
Lorena Ramirez, who narrowly missed breaking the 20-minute mark, was the top finisher for the Bruins on the day. She finished in a time of 20:09.30 (P.R.) which was good for 59th overall and 52nd among scoring runners.
Jordyn Seidel was next across the finish line, in 129th place (77th scoring), finishing in a time of 22:14.26 (P.R.).
Dayana Montano-Salama (24:02.41 - P.R.) and Diana Montano-Salama (25:42.46 - P.R.) were 159th and 162nd overall and 90th and 92nd, respectively, among scoring runners. Emily Gigax rounded out the Bruin lineup with a 165th-place finish, 93rd among scorers, in a time of 28:40.09.
Dordt, paced by a trio of top 10 finishes took home the team title with 59 points, defeating Hastings (77 points) by an 18-point margin. Northwestern (81) was four points back of Hastings in third place.
Bellevue totaled 404 points, 37 back of College of St. Mary in the 14-team field.
Hastings' Heidi Hennings was the individual champion, finishing in a time of 17:59.32. She finished just under eight seconds ahead of second place Annechiena Knevelba (18:07.21) of Dordt. Morningside's Allison Higgins was third in a time of 18:14.51.
BU is off next weekend before returning to the course on Saturday, Oct. 20 when they compete at the Mount Marty Invitational in Yankton, S.D.