ISU women’s cross-country finishes strong at the Wisconsin Invitational

Kyle Heim

Entering the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, ISU cross country Andrea Grove-McDonough said she wanted to see improvements from her four, five and six runners.

Despite slow starts, sophomore Perez Rotich, redshirt freshman Erin Hooker, and redshirt sophomore Taylor McDowell moved ahead in the pack at the end of the race.

“I think Perez and Erin got a little buried off the line and maybe had too much work to do over the last [two kilometers],” Grove-McDonough said. “Perez had a great final 400 meters to pass a lot of bodies. Erin really just needed to get one under her belt. She will get better every race from here.”

McDowell replaced sophomore Bethanie Brown, as Brown continues to recover from a tendonitis injury.

Brown is expected to return for the Big 12 Championships on Nov. 1, which would leave graduate Margaret Connelly, Rotich and Hooker as the team’s four through six runners.

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