CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Katie Hoffert finished fourth and Colton Forster placed seventh, leading the Mount Mercy men's and women's cross country teams to top-five finishes at Saturday's Fighting Bee Invitational at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf.
Hoffert was fourth out of 123 runners in the women's 5K with a time of 19:56. That was a mere 10 seconds ahead of teammate Andrea Ertz, who came in fifth in 20:06. Mount Mercy's top seven also included Molly Pruett (10th/20:22), Alexa Zamora (22nd/20:50), Vanessa Cortes (29th/21:02), Kathryn Vander Poel (30th/21:04) and Jazmine Reynolds (42nd/21:48).
Also competing for the Mustangs were Allison Woods (53rd/22:09), McKenzie Mellecker (59th/22:24), Kennidee Devilbiss (65th/22:38), Jessica Ertz (77th/23:11), Kelsey Feldman (78th/23:11), Mady Roth (84th/23:41) and Holly Chiafos (117th/28:43).
Forster paced the Mount Mercy men in a men's 8K race that featured 132 competitors. He crossed the finish line seventh in 26:34. James Lindstrom placed 16th (27:04), Michael Marshall was 25th (27:19), Evan Bowman 28th (27:25), Aaron Golding 34th (27:42), Jacob Blackmon 47th (28:19) and Tyus Thompson 97th (31:02). Devin Stone (102nd/31:27) and Mauricio Diaz (131st/38:57) also competed for the Mustangs.
Host St. Ambrose won the women's team title with 43 points. They were followed by Davenport (Mich.) (50 points), Mount Mercy (64), Concordia (Mich.) (103) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (192). Waldorf edged Davenport for the men's championship, outscoring the Panthers, 70-73. The rest of the top five included Olivet Nazarene (81), Mount Mercy (100) and Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.) (176).
Mount Mercy hosts the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in Cedar Rapids.