Ayers, Derynck run for Tigers at Les Duke Invite
GRINNELL — Iowa Wesleyan College cross-country runner Jake Ayers had an impressive race on Saturday at the Grinnell College Les Duke Invitational.
Ayers took a huge step forward, dropping 41 seconds off of his time from the year before on the same course and moving up 48 places from his finish a year ago.
“Jake (Ayers) ran a great race today,” said Coach Tad Hulst. “What I liked seeing even more than the drop in time is the fact he ran the whole race looking confident, and made moves to prevent gaps from forming.”
Ayers got out well from the start and moved up throughout the race, blazing the 8K course to cross the line in 29:21, good for 81st overall.
Bre Derynck ran strong for the Tigers in the women's race. Derynck ran the 6K course in 28:58, taking 114th.
“Bre (Derynck) ran a strong first half, but we just had a little mental lapse that kept us from the goal for the day,” Hulst said.
Ayers and Derynck were the only IWC runners to compete at the Les Duke Invitational; the Tigers did not have enough runners for a team score.
Carleton won the men’s side of the meet, and women’s team champion was Wartburg.
The Tiger teams will take a week off from racing now before they head to the Augustana Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 27.