Cross country starts off on the right foot

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Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor

 

This past Friday, under a blistering August morning sun, the men and women of the University of Dallas’ cross-country teams hit the ground running as they competed in the Texas Wesleyan Opener meet. Despite the fact that it was the very first week of practice, the teams competed confidently, with the men winning the meet and the women claiming second.

The women’s team ran a tough race in the heat, with juniors Meghan Falconer and Clare Myers leading the way. Falconer was the team’s top runner, running the five-kilometer race in a time of 20:51. Myers was close behind, finishing the course with a time of 21:08.

Rounding out the top five runners for the women’s team were senior Mary Jones, junior Colleen Slattery and freshman Anne Kennedy. Four of the top five women Crusaders finished in the top 10 places of the meet.

On the men’s side, the freshmen led the way to victory. Freshmen Joe Archer and Kevin Doherty started off their UD athletic careers impressively, with Archer running the five-kilometer race in a time of 17:16 and Doherty right behind with a time of 17:29. Fellow freshman Gabriel Marasigan was the next runner to finish on the team, followed by junior Aaron French and sophomore Jack Grubner.

At the end of the sticky Texas morning, the cross-country teams headed back to the University of Dallas to prepare for more success in the future. Good luck, Crusaders!

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