The Luther College women's and men's cross country teams are in exactly the opposite situations early in this fall season.
The women's squad is anchored by McKenzie Carney and Anna Ryden, two runners who each earned all-Iowa Conference honors last year. However, coaches are looking to see which other runners will step forward to become the 3rd, 4th and 5th runners. Carney and Ruden finished 5th and 6th at last weekend's All-American Invitational at Luther, but Vera Lindhorst was 25th, Amelia Hornseth 29th, Hannah Wright 32nd, Meredith Robinson 37th and Ananda Easley 43rd as the team as a whole finished fourth out of six teams.
The men's squad, on the other hand, has a lot of depth—but is looking for those standout #1 and #2 runners. Collin Kern, Hunter Prueger and Patrick Finnegan placed 11th, 12th and 13th respectively at this past weekend's All-American Invitational at Luther College. As a team the Norse finished fourth in the six-team field. The Norse men did win the St. Mary's Invitational in Winona, Minnesota the weekend before.