ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis cross country opened its 2012 season this morning at the WUSTL Early Bird at Forest Park.

Running on a muddy course, junior Jessica Hoefert finished first among the Billikens on the women's side - and third overall - with a 4K time of 14:53.8. Antonia Leyden was the next Billiken finisher, pulling in at 16:20.8 to finished 34th overall. Brooke Restoff was 47th with a time of 16:31, while Emily Meingast finished 59th in a time of 16:49.2.

On the men's side, freshman Nathan Rubellke enjoyed a solid collegiate debut, running a 6K in 20:19.6 to finish 25th overall. James Collins placed 38th with a time of 20:34.0, while rookie Jeff Orf placed 76th in a time of 21:34.5 in his first collegiate meet.

The Billikens return to action next Friday, Sept. 7, for the Forest Park Cross Country Festival. The collegiate race begins at 4:30 p.m. at Central Field in Forest Park.