Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor
This past Saturday, Shreveport, LA was the setting for the men’s and women’s cross country runners of the University of Dallas to hit the ground running. The air was thick and muggy as the Crusaders competed in the meet, hosted by Centenary College. The range of competition was quite large, with runners from Austin College, the University of Texas at Tyler, Grambling State University, Wiley College, LeTourneau University, Louisiana College, East Texas Baptist University, Centenary College, Jarvis Christian College and Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
The women raced first in their debut six-kilometer race of the season. Junior Clare Myers had a decisive lead in the first two kilometers, ran in second place for most of the race, but ultimately finished in fourth place overall, with a time of 25:02. Meghan Falconer, struggling through an injury, finished in 11th place with a time of 26:37. Rounding out the top five runners for the Crusaders were Colleen Slattery (12th, 27:04), Anne Kennedy (13th, 27:06) and Danielle Pajak (14th, 27:07). The women placed second overall for the second week in a row, while first place was taken by UT-Tyler.
The men ran their first eight-kilometer race on Saturday, an interesting transition from the five-kilometer races that they had been running until then. A bit of pre-race hilarity was had by freshman Kevin Doherty when he realized that he had left his uniform top at the hotel. Luckily, he was lent a top by one of the girls on the team, and lined up on the start line with a pre-raced jersey on his back, which was a little tighter than usual. Gabriel Marasigan proved that he is fearless when it comes to longer races, finishing with an impressive time of 29:17 in 15th place. Kevin Doherty was the next to finish, despite the ill-fitting jersey, in 20th place with a time of 30:15. Juniors Aaron French (30th, 31:27) and Hunter Johnson (32nd, 32:17) and senior Nick Hedlesky (36th, 32:45) were the next three Crusaders to cross the finish line. The men placed sixth overall.
Coach Matt Buchhorn, although disappointed in the times that were turned in this week, was pleased with the second place finish for the women’s team: “It was more about placing this week than the times. We beat the two teams in our conference (Centenary and Austin College) by over 150 points, so that’s a good sign, at least.”
The men and women Crusaders run next at home on Oct. 19th, so be sure to come out and cheer them on to victory!