The Wildcats started October with the Metro State Invitational on Saturday in Wash Park near downtown Denver.
The field of 144 took part in the 8K event on a warm morning in the Mile High City. Steven Juarez (Gering, Neb.) was the first Johnson & Wales runner across the finish line in 55th place at 28:48. Bryce Moore (Loma, Colo.) finished in 85th place at 29:37 and Francisco Padilla (Aurora, Colo.) was in 119th place at 31:20.
Corwin Scherer (Burbank, Calif.) finished in 142nd place at 35:25. A strong final leg by Alan Almeida (Aurora, Colo.) helped him push past a runner from Central Christian to take 143rd place in the final 20 feet with a time of 35:54.
The Wildcats finished in 10th place in the team standings with a score of 291 points. Host Metro State took home the team title with a score of 36.
The Wildcats will head to the Tiger Invitational hosted by Fort Hays State University next Saturday.