Taylor VandenPlas was the top Silver Lake College runner at the 40th annual Tom Barry Invitational cross country meet, which was held Saturday at Colburn Park in Green Bay.
VandenPlas placed 45th, finishing the season-opening, 5-kilometer women's race in 22 minutes, 26 seconds.
Other Silver Lake College finishers included Sophia Chin (93rd in 25:19.6), Abby Rieth (111th in 28:49.0), Lucy-Ann Muabe (118th in 35:43.7) and Olivia Johnston (120th in 37:44.2).
Lisa Baeten of St. Norbert won the women's portion of the invitational in 18:42.0, leading the Green Knights to the team title. Silver Lake College placed ninth.
In the men's four-mile race, Silver Lake College's Jared Koch placed 95th in 29:56.6.
Chris Lawson of the College of St. Scholastica won in 21:04.8, while St. Norbert College captured the men's team title.
The Silver Lake College men's and women's cross country teams, coached by Mike Cavanaugh, next competes on Sept. 13 at the Concordia Invitational.
Silver Lake College's other three fall sports teams – women's volleyball, coed soccer and coed golf – are preparing for their first contests of the season.
The volleyball team, coached by Tara Stewart, opens its season at home today at 7 p.m. against Northland International University. The match will be held at UW-Manitowoc.
The soccer team, coached by Guido Lenaerts, plays at the UW-Fond du Lac Tournament on Saturday.
And the golf team, coached by Steve Rezachek, opens its season Sept. 11 at UW-Fond du Lac.
Taylor VandenPlas of Silver Lake College nears the finish line at the Tom Barry Invitational cross country meet on Saturday at Colburn Park in Green Bay.