INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Trey Thompson and Jonathan Facio swept the top two spots and the Simpson men's cross country team rolled to a season-opening win at its own Bill Buxton Invitational on Friday at Pickard Park.
Thompson ran away from the field, finishing the 6k course in 19:29 to take the gold. Facio wasn't far behind, crossing in 19:41 to take second. A pair of sophomores in Seth Nostrala and Ryan Courtney added personal-best finishes as Nostrala took fourth in 20:22 and Courtney came in fifth in 20:24.
Simpson finished with 19 team points, easily topping the field of Southwestern CC (56), Graceland (71) and Iowa Wesleyan (109).
Simpson goes to the Les Duke Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Grinnell.