BLUFFTON, Ohio – Paced by three finishers in the top five, the Heidelberg University women's cross country team finished third in the season-opening Bluffton Invitational on Friday evening. The men's team placed second in the 6k race.
Dani Blum (19:26, second), Rachel House (19:41, third) and Hayley Cochran (20:09, fifth) dominated the 5k course at the Bluffton University Nature Reserve. Blum, a sophomore, shaved more than a minute off of her time from the same race a season ago.
"We had tremendous improvements from everyone across the board," said Ron Martin, in his first season as head cross country coach. "I'm pretty happy about it. It's a good start for us."
The Student Princes return to action in mid-September.
NOTE: Original story had wrong team placement for HU Women.