Cross country teams victorious at home

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Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor

 

Crusader cross country cruises out of the starting line and to a first place finish. –Photo by Steven Falconer
Crusader cross country cruises out of the starting line and to a first place finish.
–Photo by Steven Falconer

If you did not wake up early this past Saturday, Oct. 19 for the one and only home meet for the University of Dallas cross country teams, you missed a great race for both the men and the women runners.

The course, infamously hilly and difficult, was a two-kilometer loop around the lacrosse fields and in and out of the woods behind the baseball field. It was a brisk and clear morning with temperatures in the 40’s, the coldest racing conditions for the Crusaders so far this year.

Excitement was in the air as the men lined up for the first race of the day, their breath frosting the air. The men ran a six-kilometer race, three loops on the course. Impressively, three of them placed within the top 15 finishers. Freshman Guido Marasigan continued his streak as the top runner for the Crusaders, placing sixth overall with a time of 20:36. His classmate Kevin Doherty was the next to finish, in 10th place with a time of 21:11, and sophomore Jack Grubner took 14th place with a time of 21:44. The men placed third as a team, close behind the University of Texas at Tyler.

The women took to the course next, running a four-kilometer race, the shortest of their season so far. It seemed to suit the lady Crusaders, as they ended up placing six women in the top 10 finishers.

Junior Clare Myers blazed the trail to a first place finish overall with a time of 16:12, making it to the finish line with no clear competitors behind her. Fellow junior Meghan Falconer was the next Crusader to finish, in third place with a time of 16:32.

Rounding out the top five lady Crusaders, in quick succession, were freshman Annie Kennedy (fourth, 17:01), junior Danielle Pajak (fifth, 17:04) and junior Colleen Slattery (sixth, 17:06). It was a clear victory for the women who scored just 19 points, beating out the second place team by a little over 40 points.

Coach Matt Buchhorn was pleased with the results of the morning.“I knew we could win. We had the training put in, and we finally went out and ran the race we should have,” Buchhorn said. He is looking forward to this upcoming weekend’s conference championship meet in Shreveport, LA, with the same confidence.

 

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