Cross Country Runs ahead of pack

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Sean Karoly

Both the Radford’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams met at Rock Hill, South Carolina this weekend for the Adidas Invitational at Winthrop University.

The event featured 27 men’s teams and 31 women’s teams, including nine Big South Conference schools and four nationally ranked schools. Amongst these universities were Liberty, Louisville, Coastal Carolina, High Point, Winthrop, and UNC Asheville.

The tournament featured a men’s 8K race alongside a women’s 5K race.

RU’s junior Brian Gorwitz led the way for the men’s team, posting an impressive time of 25:46.18, which secured him 26th place in a field of 221 runners.

Two personal record times for the men’s team were set at this week’s Invitational. Sophomore Ryan Farnan, who was coming off a win last week at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational, finished with a time of 26:05.17, while freshman Alan Weaver crossed the finish line with a pace of 26:47.51. They finished in 38th and 64th place, respectively.

Rounding out the men’s team were freshman Daniel Moniak, who placed 77th with a time of 27:14.86, senior Sam Keltner, finishing in 90th place with a time of 27:28.70, and junior Chris Weeks, who posted a time of 27:47.46, good enough for 101st place.

The Radford men’s team total time of 2:13:22.42 sealed them a tenth place finish out of the 27 teams, and only one second behind host Winthrop University. Louisville took home first place with a time of 2:04:34.34 and a team score of 44 points, as well as the individual title as Ernest Kibet posted a time of 24:13.17 to squeeze past USC Upstate’s Gilbert Kemboi by one second.

For the women’s team, senior Hannah Scheren led the Highs with a time of

19:56.18 to seal 81st place out of a pack of 251 runners. Sophomore Emily Marshall finished in 115th place with a time of 20:30.21 and sophomore Madeline Thomas finished at the 21:03.00 mark and 142nd place.

A personal record was also set on the women’s team, as freshman Sabrina Romano finished at 21:26.77. Following Romano were junior Ashley Lounsbury, who came in at 22:10.79, freshman Alyssa Walker at 22:11.44, Casey Clark at 22:32.70 and junior Katie Hickey with 24:22.40.

The women’s team ended up in a tie for 18th place with Anderson University with a time of 1:45:06.95 and a team score of 606 points.

Appalachian State won the women’s competition with a total time of 1:32:35.98, over a minute faster than second place Liberty University. Jemeli Sang of USC Upstate finished first individually with a time of 17:46.16, more than 24 seconds faster than second place Amanda Hamilton of Appalachian State.

With an overall finish of 10th out of 27 schools for the men’s 8K and a finish of 18th out of 31 schools for the women’s 5K, RU looks to make head way again next weekend when they go to the Charlotte Invitational. The races will begin on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3 pm.