Chippewa Falls, Wis. - Viterbo University freshman Dakota Davis (Mohrsville, Pa.) ran the fastest 8-k of the season Friday for the V-Hawks to lead Viterbo to a third place showing in the Lake Wissota Invitational.
Davis finished in 15th place out of 58 runners in 27:20. Davis' time was a personal record by 53 seconds. Finishing second for the V-Hawk's was senior Nathan Spangler (Richland Center, Wis.) who was 28th overall in 28:10. Spangler was followed closely by sophomore Michael Lessor (Kekauna, Wis.) who finished in 29th in 28:11, senior Ramon Martinez (Firebaugh, Calif.) who finished in 34th in 28:29 and freshman Daniel Beltz (Madera, Calif.) who finished in 37th in 28:38.
Season best times were run by Davis, Lessor, Martinez, Beltz, Cameron Olson (So. - Holmen, Wis.) (45th - 29:16), Patrick Understeller (So. - Mountain View, Hawaii.) (47th - 29:21), Corey Stussy (Fr. - Lansing, Iowa) (51st - 30:29), Dennis Campos (So. - Kissimmee, Fla.) (52nd - 30:31), and Nick Olson (Fr. - Dubuque, Iowa) (57th - 32:49).
"I'm pretty happy about the way we finished today," said head coach John Metelko."We had a good hard week of practice and we ran through those aches and pains today. I'm excited for the coming weeks to see how we run when we are rested for the conference championships."
Minnesota-Duluth won the overall team title with 25 points. UMD's Cole Toepfer won the individual title in a time of 26:07.
Viterbo will return to the course Saturday, November 6th, as the V-Hawks will travel to Clinton, Iowa to compete in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship hosted by Ashford University.
Team Results: 1. Minnesota-Duluth (25 points), 2. UW-Eau Claire (31 points), 3. Viterbo University (95 points), 4. UW-River Falls (109 points), 5. UW-Stout (incomplete)
Individual Results (out of 58 finishers)
15. Dakota Davis 27:20
28. Nathan Spangler 28:10
29. Michael Lessor 28:11
34. Ramon Martinez 28:29
37. Daniel Beltz 28:38
45. Cameron Olson 29:16
46. Kekoura Sakouvogui 29:18
47. Patrick Understeller 29:21
51. Corey Stussy 30:29
52. Dennis Campos 30:31
56. Anthony Guagliardo 31:22
57. Nick Olson 32:49
58. Kyle Nordby 33:41