The Eutectic men's and women's cross country team opened the 2017 season this morning at the Ozarks Ambush in Point Lookout, Mo.
The STLCOP men's team, led by Murphy Affolder (SR/Mascoutah, Ill.), finished fifth of five teams competing in the 5K. Affolder finished 13th of 44 runners with a time of 17:45 on the hilly course. Newcomer Carter Ware (FR) was the second Eutectic to cross the line at 19:36 in 30th place, while Jonathan Hunn was next at 20:07 in 36th place. The rest of the STLCOP team, Connor Duke (FR), Casey Moore (SR/Taylor Mill, Ky.), Matthew Ruvinov (SO/St. Louis, Mo.), and Jeff Woelfel finished one after another in 39th-42nd places.
With only two STLCOP women traveling to the meet, the Lady Euts did not score as a team. Amber Tu and Joanna Callier finished the 5K in 21st and 27th places with times of 24:14 and 25:43, respectively, from a total of 36 runners.
The Eutectic teams will take next week off from competition before racing at the Maryville University Six Flags Open in Eureka, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 23.