Kortenhof takes title at Gene Davis Invitational

Lawrence cross country action Leah Hawksford
Leah Hawksford (89) led Lawrence with a seventh-place finish at the Gene Davis Invitational.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University cross country standout Joe Kortenhof raced to the title Saturday at the Gene Davis Invitational.

Kortenhof ran to victory in 25:51.0 on the 8,000-meter layout at Reid Golf Course for his first collegiate victory. Kortenhof was 20 seconds ahead of Lawrence alumnus Josh Janusiak and a whopping 45 seconds ahead of St. Norbert College's Joe Gasick. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year a Lawrence men's runner has taken the title at the Gene Davis Invitational.

Lawrence's Cullen Allard turned in a great run and finished fourth at 26:40.7. Rookie Teslin Stecher was ninth for the Vikings in 27:19.6. Fellow rookie Itai Bojdak-Yates finished 37th in 28:16.1, and Aaron Arthur rounded out the scoring by taking 44th in 28:51.5.

Lawrence finished third in the team standings with 95, and St. Norbert took the team title with 57.

On the women's side, Leah Hawksford led the way for Lawrence by taking seventh as she covered the 6,000 meters in 24:36.6. 

Natalie Lamonto was next for Lawrence as she finished 29th in 26:35.9. Madeline Taylor was 34th in 27:04.5, Gillian Buckardt was 51st in 29:49.4 and Amanda Endicott was 52nd in 29:56.4 to complete the scoring.

Lawrence finished sixth in the team standings with 173 points, and UW-Oshkosh took the title with 15.