As the regular season comes to a close, the University of Dallas men’s and women’s cross-country teams are delivering top performances week after week.
At the University of Ozarks Invitational both the men and women finished as the top Division III teams and placed fifth overall. Both teams are proving that they are able to continue to execute head coach Matt Barber’s original season goal of continued improvement from week to week.
Once again, the newcomers dominated the trails with sophomore Thomas Hogan leading the men’s team for a third straight week. He set his personal best time of 26:55.4 with a 12th place finish in the 8k race.
Freshman John James finished close behind in 18th place with a personal best time of 27:37.2.
Sophomore Bridget Kennedy was especially impressed with the individuals on the men’s team.
“Two of the runners deserve special recognition for really embracing what it means to work as a team,” Kennedy said. “Andrew [Maal] pushed Max [Wilson] the whole race and wouldn’t let him drop back. They both finished side by side, and Max ended up beating his last 8k time by three minutes.”
On the women’s side, Kennedy returned to her top spot and led the Lady Crusaders by crossing the line in 20:42 with a 13th place finish.
Following just a few steps behind Kennedy was junior Angela Moore with a 15th place finish. Moore’s time of 20:50 put her on pace to accomplish her season goal of breaking 20:00.
Senior captain Joey Danaher and junior Emily Cosgray both crossed the line with personal best times.
Barber was especially impressed with the depth of talent on the women’s side.
“Mary Korth and Ana Wilhelm ran as strong a race as I’ve seen from them,” Barber said. “It was a great race for the team. We only missed fourth [place] by two points on the girl’s side.”
The Crusaders will hold their last regular meet of the season on their home course this Saturday, Oct. 15.