GRINNELL, IOWA – Andrew Murley is still an underclassman, but the sophomore from Sac City, Iowa led the Warriors with the best individual time at the 56th Les Duke Invite.
Murley's final recorded time at the eight-kilometer race was 27:19, which was just nine seconds from tying his previous 8K record. Murley, whose prep cross country career was at East Sac County High School, has recorded a 27:10 final time at two different 8K races.
"Murley's base mileage is really helping him finish the last half of the races," said first-year head coach Kayla Kregel after the invitational.
Murley is the lone underclassman for the Warriors this season. He's looking to add to his running resume after a successful freshman campaign, which included him setting the second-fastest 8K time for a freshman in program history and becoming one of the three first-ever national qualifiers for the Warriors in the marathon in outdoor track and field.
The sophomore from Sac City beat out his upperclassman teammates by more than three minutes. Senior Chasen Selsor finished in 120th place with a final posted time of 30:34. Junior Jesse Vega's final time was 32:11, which was good enough for 143rd place.
There were 164 total runners in the 8K race, with Murley finishing in the top 23 percent of the entire meet.
"We still have to get healthy on the guys side to be able to compete as a team," said Kregel.
The Warriors didn't post a team score because they didn't have at least seven competitors in the race. Wartburg College finished in first place with 40 points and an average time of 25:44.
Waldorf will have the next week off until competing on Sept. 23 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn. Kregel hopes to have a fully healthy men's team by the time that they have to travel to Falcon Heights for a 9:45 a.m. cross country meet.
"My goal is to have a full guys team be able to compete in 2 weeks at the Roy Griak," said Kregel. "We have to stay focused on the little things to keep us healthy."