Herd Cross Country Completes Commodore Classic
Minor, Cook lead Herd in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Marshall's Cross Country team completed its second meet of the season on Saturday in the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. Both teams faced strong competition from several power conferences across the region.
The men's team in its first 8K race of the year finished in 13th place out of 23 teams. Conference USA opposition Middle Tennessee State won the men's meet with a low total of 63 points. For the women's team in a 5K race, the team finished in 20th out of 25 teams. Eastern Michigan won the women's race.
The men's team was led by freshman Alex Minor, who came in 38th place with a time of 25:43.1. Sophomore Daniel Green came through next for the Herd in 52nd place, with a time of 25.53.2. Sophomore Nick Schmidt was the team's next finisher in 98th place with a time of 26:31.4.
Sophomore Adriana Cook led the way for the women with a time of 18:19.3, finishing in 73rd place. Senior Andrea Porter was the next finisher for the team, finishing in 92nd place with a time of 18:33.2. Freshman Mikaela Mitchell was the team's third finisher, coming in 158th and running a 19:18.3.
ADDITIONAL MEN'S RESULTS:
101 (4) -Tony Hayes- 26:34.5
125 (5) -William Shaffer-26:48.4
164 (6) -Drake Seccurro- 27:25.3
182 (7) -Hunter Deem- 27:56.5
191 (8) -Logan Kerby- 28:10.0
195 (9) -Nick Salmons- 28:17.8
204 (10) -Jeremiah Parlock-28:28.9
213 (11) -Joe Schwartz-28:58.0
ADDITIONAL WOMEN'S RESULTS:
176 (4) -Amber Govey- 19:34.8
202 (5) -Taylor Craigo-20:01.1
204 (6) -Barkley Castro-20:03.3
217 (7) -Abigail Short-20:18.9
225 (8) -Madeline Armstrong-20:29.5
230 (9) -Mary Kerby-20:39.4
Sophomore Adriana Cook on the weather and race:
"The weather wasn't exactly on our side today. It's already a huge race with big packs of girls, then you throw in some heavy rain and mud and it can get really rough and you have no choice but to race defensively. I think everyone gave it their all today, and I'm so proud of the team for going our strong and racing with all we had."
Sophomore Daniel Green on his race:
"I had a pretty good race. It rained for the girl's race, but it was perfect weather for us. I think I dropped a minute from last years' time at this race, I just need to go faster on the last half of the race."
Senior Amber Govey on the team's performance:
"The race went well for the conditions we were given. We stayed positive and worked together as a team. This is a huge improvement from the first meet, and it can only get better from here. I'm excited to see where the season takes us because we already have a strong team, we just need to stay healthy and keep moving forward together."
Freshman Alex Minor on the competition:
"It was extremely tough, but that's what we need. Running against some great competition early on is really going to prepare us for the important meets later in the season."
Senior Andrea Porter on the race:
"Running in the pouring rain and mud was less than ideal, but that made this race fun. I believe the team went out and enjoyed racing today, and that is a big part of putting together a successful race. We had four girls, including myself, run PR's today. That success with bad weather makes me even more excited to race again in two weeks at Notre Dame."
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the race:
"I'm happy with how both the men's and women's teams did today. The guy's top 5 looked really strong throughout the race with freshman Alex Minor leading the way. The ladies performed really well even in the monsoon-like conditions led by sophomore Adriana Cook and Senior Andrea Porter. I'm really pleased with how we ran but I definitely think both squads 1-5 can run closer together. We'll need to do just that if we want to accomplish our goals at conferences and regionals."
The teams return to action in two weeks on September 30th at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. Follow the team on Twitter @HerdTFXC.