DUBUQUE, Iowa - Nick Yaeger paced the Simpson men's cross country team to a second-place finish of five teams at the Loras Invitational in the final tune-up before championship season.
The Storm scored 76 points, trailing only 14th-ranked Loras (15). Simpson beat Dubuque (86), Coe (93) and Buena Vista (112).
"The men had a bit of an 'off' day, but to their credit they fought the whole way and still managed a second-place finish," head coach Heath Moenck said.
Yaeger placed 12th in the field of 81 individuals, navigating the 8-kilometer course in 27:12.4.
Friday's meet was the team's final tune-up before the Iowa Conference Championships, which Simpson hosts on Nov. 1. The men's race begins at 11 a.m. followed by the women at Pickard Park.