LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Missouri S&T's cross country teams finished among the top four Saturday at the Greater Louisville Invitational Saturday and three members of those teams also placed among the top 10 in the two races.
The men's team finished in third place among the NCAA Division II schools in the meet that had 14 teams as a part of it, while the Lady Miners came in fourth place out of the 15 women's teams that competed.
Joe Bindner (St. Peters, MO/Fort Zumwalt East) finished fourth among the NCAA Division II runners in the men's eight-kilometer race with a time of 25:19, 20 seconds in back of race winner Armando Torres of Wisconsin-Parkside. Duncan Clark (Kirksville, MO/Kirksville) was 16th in 26:03, while Connor Crabtree (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge)finished 19th in 26:08.
Adam Kraus (Tulsa, OK/Thomas Edison Preparatory) was the fourth Miner to cross the finish line as he did so in 32nd place in 26:36 and Garrett Blanchard (Centralia, IL/Centralia) rounded out S&T's top five in 26:40 that put him in 37th place.
The Miners' next two finishers were Bristol Hargis (Webb City, MO/Webb City) in 26:59 and Wil Crutcher (Rolla, MO/Rolla) in 27:39 in the race that consisted of 103 runners.
Saginaw Valley State won the men's team competition with 70 points, while Hillsdale also finished above S&T with 72 points to the Miners' 106, eight ahead of UW-Parkside.
Hannah Shearer (Conroe, TX/The Woodlands Christian Academy) and Megan Schulte(Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) led the women's team Saturday, as Shearer finished sixth among the Division II runners in the five-kilometer race in 18:24 and Schulte was seven seconds behind her in seventh in 18:31.
Katelyn Fricke (Brimfield, IL/Brimfield) finished in 22nd place in 19:17, while Kala Morgan(Broken Arrow, OK/Broken Arrow) was in 27th place with her time of 19:24. The Lady Miners' fifth finisher was Kennedy Duffy (Rochester, IL/Rochester) in 55th place in the 171-runner race in 19:56. Tori Bonnot (Jefferson City, MO/Jefferson City) finished in 20:40 and Anne Vernon (Neosho, MO/Neosho) was the seventh finisher in 20:58.
The Lady Miners finished with 117 points to end up in fourth place behind Grand Valley State, Ferris State and Central Washington. Wayne State's Jacqueline Feist was the overall winner in 17:49.
Missouri S&T will compete at Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo., next Saturday.