The University of Minnesota Duluth competed against a bevy of nationally ranked schools Saturday morning in Romeoville, Ill., and the Bulldogs certainly held their own.
UMD finished 14th among 31 schools at the Lewis University Confernce meet and all but two of the team that place ahead of the Bulldogs cracked the top 25 — or received votes in their respective national polls. That included No. 3 Grand Valley State University, which cruised to the team title with 55 points, and No. 9 California Baptist University and No. 6 Southern Indiana University, which took second and third with 121 and 150 points, respectively.
For the fourth time in four meets this season, senior Cody Sedbrook was the top Bulldog, completing the 8,000-meter race in 25:45.0 — good for 35th place out of 361 runners. Junior Isaac Overmyer was next (76th place, 25:45.0) followed by senior Grant Pulver (80th place; 26:15.8), junior Luke Laher (89th place; 26:23.3) and senior Blake Anderson (110th place; 26:40.8).
Saturday’s meet was the final tuneup for UMD before the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships, which are set for Oct. 21 in Moorhead, Minn.
“We faced some tough competition today,” said UMD head coach Paul Nisius. “Based upon our performance, we should be set up nicely for the conference meet.”