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@HerdTFXC Wraps Up Early Bird Invite

Sept. 5, 2015


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s cross country team completed its first meet of the season, with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in third place out of four teams at the Early Bird Invite in Evansville, Ind.


In the women’s 6k, freshman Adrianna Cook was the top Herd runner, finishing 13th (19:20.5) in her first meet. Junior Andrea Porter was close behind in 15th place (19:28.5). Two more runners, Tori Dent and Alexandria Phares, finished in the top 20, with times of 20:04.7 and 20:30.7, respectively.

  1. 87 Marshall                    (  19:59.6  1:39:57.7   1:12.8)


  1     13  Adriana Cook       FR   19:20.5

  2     15  Andrea Porter      JR   19:28.5

  3     18  Tori Dent          SO   20:04.7

  4     20  Alexandria Phares  SR   20:30.7

  5     21  Taylor Craigo      FR   20:33.3

  6   ( 24) Isabelle Rogner    JR   21:14.7

  7   ( 25) Barkley Castro     SO   21:24.8


Two other freshmen in the men’s 8k followed in Cook’s footsteps and paced the Herd Saturday. Freshman Nick Schmidt finished 11th (26:55.9), with fellow freshman Daniel Green finished right behind in 12th (26:59.3). Every men’s runner for the Herd finished the event in the top 20.



  1. 73 Marshall                    (  27:54.6  2:19:33.0   2:09.8)


  1     11  Nickolas Schmidt   FR   26:55.9

  2     12  Daniel Green       FR   26:59.3

  3     15  Drake Seccurro     JR   27:51.8

  4     17  William Hayes      SO   28:40.3

  5     18  Jordan Brown-Stobbe SR   29:05.7

  6   ( 19) Brian Salmons      SR   29:14.5

  7   ( 20) Joe Schwartz       FR   29:17.7


Marshall assistant Caleb Bown on the meet:

“Both teams did well today in the extreme heat. The women led by Freshmen Adriana Cook and Junior Andrea Porter had a 1-5 split of 1:13, which for a first race is pretty awesome. They ran against a really strong opponent in Louisville and I believe they are going I progress well throughout the season.”

“The Men, led by freshmen Nick Schmidt and Daniel Green, fought hard to get third place overall. I believe the freshmen performed really well for their first meet and they weren't scared to run up with the three All-Americans that were in the race. They went for it and I believe they have the potential to be All-Conference by the end of the season. Drake Securro also had a heck of a race. Overall, the men ran well and I believe they will do even better next meet, because we had to hold a few runners out that weren't 100 percent healthy.”

The Herd will next be in action at Vanderbilt’s Commodore Classic on Sept. 19 in Nashville, Tenn.


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