Caitlin Fermoyle of Mendota Heights, a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus and a graduate of Henry Sibley High School, was named the Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
Her 23:24 time in the 6K led pushed Gustavus's team to a second-place finish overall in Saturday's Saint John's Invitational.
The Gustavus women's cross country team got a solid team effort and an outstanding individual performance at Saturday's Saint John's Invitational in Collegeville, Minn. The Gusties ran to a second-place finish as a team, paced by individual champion Caitlin Fermoyle (Mendota Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley). The Gustie sophomore was tremendous against mostly MIAC competition, winning by 17 seconds and well ahead of her pace a year ago. For her performance, Fermoyle has been named the MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week.
Fermoyle got out to a good start, leading the 6K race after a mile with a front-running pack of Gustie teammates. She sustained her early lead and pulled off the individual win with a time of 23:24, which is 2:11 faster than her time on the same course in 2011. Overall, she bested a field of 129 runners. As a team, the Gusties placed three in the top 11 and all seven in the top 27 to beat everyone in the five-team field except first-place Saint Benedict. GAC finished with 57 points, 13 behind the Blazers (44).
Saturday's race was the Gusties first intercollegiate competition of the season, and they'll look to continue their success at Saturday's St. Olaf Invitational, hosted by the Oles in Northfield, Minn. Gustavus has four events on its 2012 schedule leading up to the 2012 MIAC Cross Country Championships, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.