The Saint Louis University men’s cross country team had arguably its best performance in school history Friday night.
Running in the National Catholic Championships at the University of Notre Dame, the Billikens put six runners in the top 25. SLU finished with 52 points, ahead of Notre Dame (70), Dayton (76), Marquette (100) and seven others.
It was the first time in school history the Billikens won at Notre Dame. Additionally, it marked just the fourth time since 2000 that Notre Dame did not win at the National Championships.
“The men's performance tonight was spectacular," SLU head coach Jon Bell said. "Any time you beat a program as established as Notre Dame, you know you are doing something right. All the men executed their race plans just like we talked about leading into the race.”
Matt Prest and Manuel De Backer led the Billikens with fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.
Local products Dorrian Gordon (O’Fallon Township), Lance Mueller (Waterloo), Wes Schoenthal (Edwardsville), Aaron Dugan (Festus) and Sean Conlin (Fort Zumwalt East) also scored for the Billikens.
The women’s team finished in fourth place and were led by Anna Schmitz (14th place) and Amy Kieliszewski (16th place).