Colleen Slattery, Staff Writer
The men and women cross-country teams raced last Saturday at their second meet of the season, the Gerald Richey Invitational at the University of Texas at Arlington. The University of Dallas runners refused to be intimidated by the Division I teams at the meet and proved that they could run with the best of them.
The women raced first, speeding over the flat, looping course and improving their times from the last meet.
Meghan Falconer led the team, running the five-kilometer course in an impressive time of 20:04.
Clare Myers followed with a time of 20:37, and Mary Jones (20:57), Anne Kennedy (21:08) and Danielle Pajak (21:34) rounded out the top five runners for the Lady Crusaders.
“We ran as a pack, like Coach has been stressing, and pulled each other along. We all went out a little fast on the first mile, but even that is not really a weakness because we all gutted it out and finished strong,” said senior Mary Jones.
The men ran second, running a four-mile course. Freshman Kevin Doherty continued his successful streak, running the course in a time of 22:15 and finishing first for the men.
With a time of 23:06, junior Aaron French was the next to finish, with sophomore Jack Grubner just two seconds behind (23:08).
Gabriel Marasigan (23:14) and Hunter Johnson (25:25) were the next two Crusaders to cross the finish line and score for the team.
The cross-country teams look forward to future races with optimism. Their next meet will be on Sept. 28 at Hardin-Simmons University.