Cross country team competes in Division III Championships

Erin Begle, Contributing Writer

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The weather in Marshall, Texas was beautiful and cool this weekend, as schools from across Texas came to compete in the Texas Division III Championships. Seven women’s teams and 12 men’s teams accepted East Texas Baptist University’s invitation to this race, so the championship consisted of a rather small group of runners. Runners hailed from schools big and small, and still the University of Dallas Cross Country teams held their own.

“In general I think we did really well,” senior Ryan McAnany said. “We took advantage of a fast course, and some good weather, and good competition.”

As the Crusaders came fresh off the Boston Codfish Bowl last weekend, it seems like both the women’s and men’s teams have continued to pick up speed as the season progresses. The men finished fourth overall, and McAnany was again the first Crusader to cross the finish line, finishing fourth overall with a time of 27.39.57. Four other men beat personal records in Marshall this weekend. This group consisted freshman Rafael Medina, sophomore Peter deTar, junior Matt Klem, and freshman Caine Mongeau. Every class, from the freshmen to the seniors, did well this weekend, which allowed the men to snatch fourth place as they competed against some big name schools, including University of Texas at Tyler and University of Texas at Dallas.

“People on the team are just starting to hit their stride, getting over injuries and sickness and stuff,” McAnany said. “So I think the top five for our boy’s team is really going to come together.”

Bridget Kennedy certainly seems to have continued on her streak of great performances that are adding up to be an incredible season. This was Kennedy’s first collegiate 6,000 meter (6K) race, and she was not alone. It was also junior Joey Danaher’s, freshman Priscila Saldivar’s, and freshman Caroline Schemel’s first 6K competitions. Despite this lack of experience, Kennedy snatched third place and was followed by the seniors Ruth Fritz and Emma Polefko. Of the duo, Fritz placed 12th in the women’s race and Polefko topped another one of her personal record’s for the 6K.

For the next two weeks the Crusaders will not be competing in any races. Rather, they will be preparing to host a race at home the weekend of Oct. 17.

“We have a lot of work to do,” McAnany said.

After the race in Dallas, Conference Championships will come the weekend of Oct. 31, and the Crusaders have only one expectation — to bring home the first place trophy.

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