SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Saint Louis cross country squads competed in the Joe Piane Invitational at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

"This was a great weekend for our teams," SLU head coach Jon Bell said. "Both the men and women ran smart, strong races. We beat some good programs today. Our training is progressing nicely and our student-athletes are buying into the goals we have set for the program. This is an exciting time to be involved in our program, and we are looking forward to preparing for our next meet."

The Billiken men's team placed second in the Gold Division, trailing only Temple. Manuel de Backer placed second overall, posting a five-mile time of 24:39.7. He was followed by rookie Ben Naeger, who registered a 13th-place time of 25:01.5.

Anna Schmitz led the women's squad to a third place finish. She placed 26th overall with a 5K time of 17:58.4. Not far behind were Courtney Link (31st, 18:05.7) and Katie Anderson (34th, 18:07.5).

SLU is next in action Friday, Oct. 13, for the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Ill.

BILLIKEN RESULTS

Women’s 5K Gold (Overall finish, name, time)
26. Anna Schmitz, 17:58.4
31. Courtney Link, 18:05.7
34. Katie Anderson, 18:07.5
44. Courtney Pfanstiel, 18:15.3
57. Natalie Davis, 18:22.4
69. Amy Kieliszewski, 18:35.8
120. Madeline Nathe, 19:07.6
130. Hannah Person, 19:17.6
139. Ellie Adams, 19:25.2

Men’s 5 Mile Gold (Overall finish, name, time)
2. Manuel de Backer, 24:39.7
13. Ben Naeger, 25:01.5
21. Aaron Dugan, 25:20.2
41. Dorrian Gordon, 25:39.5
50. Sean Conlin, 25:52.6
63. Colton Nettleton, 26:05.5
103. Hiob Gebisso, 26:49.5
121. Tannock Blair, 27:16.6

Women’s 5K Open (Overall finish, name, time)
33. Elena Coleman, 19:42.8
40. Megan Ng, 20:22.8
44. Anna Langevin, 20:35.3

Men’s 5 Mile Open (Overall finish, name, time)
39. Nick Dolan, 29:10.6