GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In its final outing before targeting a fourth-straight Crossroads League Championship, the No. 12 Taylor University women's cross country team led all league schools while taking third-of-25 teams at the Great Lakes Invite in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday morning.
The Trojans ran a team time of 94:34 for the eight-fastest mark in program history, earning 103 points to finish back of No. 4 Aquinas and No. 11 Shawnee State and in front of No. 17 Saint Xavier, No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan and multiple other teams receiving votes in the most recent ratings.
Each of TU's top-five runners crossed inside the top-50 of the 273 competitors, led by Mae Elizabeth Gimre's second-place time of 18:10. Gimre became the fourth student-athlete in the history of the TU women's cross country program to turn in a time of 18:10 or better, and set a new personal-best for the fourth-straight week.
Rachel Blagg followed Gimre to the tape for the Trojans, finishing 13th overall with a time of 18:45 to log TU's second-best time for the third-straight race. Taylor Bluemel ended 20th at 18:55 for a new personal-best and became the 22nd individual to crack the 19:00 barrier in program history.
Taylor's top-seven was rounded out by Hannah Schroder, who ran a season-best time of 19:08 to claim 27th, Naomi Noyes at 19:34 in 41st, Amanda Dibley at a personal-best 19:48 in 57th and Michelle Franch in 60th at 19:49.
No. 12 Taylor (92-7) will close its regular season on November 5 at the Crossroads League Championships hosted by IWU, when it races for the league title and an automatic team berth into the NAIA National Championships.