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Narbuvoll finishes 7th at Spartan Invite

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Sept. 23, 2015 and in the Spectator on Sept. 24, 2015.

Freshman Ida Narbuvoll has barely been in the United States for more than one month. She admits she is still getting acclimated to the U.S. and racing here, as she is originally from Norway.

Ida Narbuvoll (above) finished seventh in the Spartan Invitational on Friday (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).
Ida Narbuvoll (above) finished seventh in the Spartan Invitational on Friday (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).

It seems that she’s settling in just fine.

After winning her first race as a Fighting Scot to open up the season Narbuvoll took seventh in the Spartan Invitational at Forest Akers East Golf Course hosted by Michigan State on Friday. She posted a time of 21:45 on the 5k course.

“I’m happy with the race,” Narbuvoll said. “It was on a golf course so I expected it to be an easy course, but it was tougher than I thought. It was a tough day, but also a good day.”

Other solid performances were turned in by members of Edinboro’s women’s cross country team. Junior Emma Sullivan finished in 22:58, placing 32nd. Also, senior Anna Hosel finished 52nd, boasting a time of 23:24.

Overall, head coach Rick Hammer is very pleased with the early performances by the women’s team.

“I think they really showed up and performed well,” Hammer said. “What’s encouraging to me is that we had a few ladies that ran very well behind [Ida].”

The men had a much different experience at the meet. The Scots were without most of their top runners due to minor injuries. Jonathan Gusew, Logan Kempney, Steven Scheet and Eduardo Tapia did not compete in the meet.

“Our men are struggling just a little bit,” Hammer admitted. “We are a younger group. They still believe in each other and they are still buying into the system. We ran our top two runners [on Friday] and then we probably sat four of our top seven heading into this meet, which is good because we have some minor injuries that we don’t want to become major issues.”

Elliot Martynkiewicz did run in the event and was the top finisher for the Boro men. He finished 45th. Sophomore Corey Wefing finished 61st with a time of 26:34 on the 8k course.

Both teams return to action in the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 3.

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