Cross Country Teams Have Strong Showing at Louisville Classic

Credit: Lyn Hutchinson
Credit: Lyn Hutchinson

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Sewanee cross country teams ran at the 2019 Louisville Classic on Saturday.

Sewanee Women's Cross Country: Finished 28th of 38 teams (834 points)
Sewanee Men's Cross Country: Finished 31st of 40 teams (909 points)
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-In the women's silver race, primarily for NCAA Division III institutions, the race was originally scheduled to be a 5K, but due to technical difficulties on the course, the event was shortened to a 3.9K.

-Molly Joseph finished 117th out of 255 runners in this section with a 15:13.2.

-Ellie Herron earned a 15:36.8 mark, while Ann Chapman Haynes ran a 15:43.1.

-Other finishers in this race include Janie Schmitt (16:06.4), Madison Sellers (16:54.8) and Elizabeth Chandler (17:06.2).

-Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the event, and the team finished third at last season's NCAA Cross Country Championships.

-In the blue race, Perry Gresham (22:00.5) and Mary Ackerly (22:29.5) ran personal bests in a 5K race.

-In the men's silver 8K race, Ash Midyett had a 122nd place finish out of 276 runners with a personal best time of 26:19.4.

-Jack Barganier, after winning the Sewanee Invitational last week, earned a new personal best with a 26:29.6 mark.

-Wesley Cusack (27:32.7) and Bram Atkins (27:52.1) each recorded a season-best time on Saturday.

-Other finishers include Sam Kearley (28:42.4), Rob Mohr (28:46.4) and Patrick Rodriguez (29:21.8). All three ran season bests, while Mohr missed his 8K personal time by nine seconds.

-North Central (Ill.), who won the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship last season, won the 40-team event.

-In the blue 8K, all three Sewanee runners earned new personal bests in the race. Ian Boer posted a 29:29.0 mark, Rob Ritchie timed a 30:28.1 and Joseph Brown recorded a time of 31:10.6.

Sewanee is back in action on Oct. 19 with the Berry Invitational.

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