Sophomores Karl Wachter and George McGivern continued their breakout cross country seasons with top-40 finishes that led the Tommies to seventh place out of 21 teams at Saturday's Jim Drews Invite hosted by UW-La Crosse in Ettrick, Wis.
With five sophomores and one freshman among their top 10 finishers, the Toms took second out of nine MIAC teams, as all but Carleton and Concordia competed. St. Olaf placed third overall at 169. UST was seventh at 220. St. John's took 10th at 263.
Wachter clocked 25:53 for 8,000 meters (4.97 miles) and placed 23rd out of 349 finishers. The Shakopee native, who has been the Tommies' top finisher in all four of his races this fall, was the third MIAC placer.
McGivern made a huge drop from his time and place at the 2016 La Crosse Invite on the same course. He placed 40th with a career-best 26:12 on Saturday an was the ninth MIAC finisher. Last season as a freshman, he placed 181st on the same course with a time of 28:46.
Junior Seth Glidewell (53rd, 26:24), senior Adam Berkowitz (62nd, 26:33), freshman Carl Kozlowski (64th, 26:35), senior Andrew Fritz (78th, 26:43) and sophomore Collin Kiley (84th, 26:47) rounded out St. Thomas' first seven. Glidewell was the 15th MIAC finisher.
Not counting first-place Iowa Central Community College and fourth-place Paradise Valley CC runners, Kozlowski was the fifth freshman finisher in the race.
Sophomores Spencer Urick (97th, 26:54) and Scott Helstad (106th, 27:04), juniors Parker Rosenau (121st, 27:18) and Jess Palyan (134th, 27:32), and senior Ricky Peterson (141st, 27:40) rounded out UST's top 12.
St. Thomas is off competition next weekend and races Oct. 28 in the MIAC Championships at St. Olaf.