Whitney Shines Again for Cross Country|
Sept. 28, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For the third straight meet of the season, senior Jack Whitney (Ripley, W.Va.) led the way for the Marshall men's and women's cross country teams as he finished 23rd in the 8k at the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday at McAlpine Park.
Hosted by new Conference USA member Charlotte, the meet has been a staple on the Thundering Herd schedule for each of the past two seasons.
"We had improved performances today by both teams," said coach Jeff Small.
The men's side recorded an 11th place finish in a field of 27 teams, while the women finished 16th out of 30 competing teams. The women improved upon their 2012 Charlotte Invitational result of an 18th place team finish.
Whitney's 23rd place result was logged in a time of 25:48.00, with the second best Marshall men's finisher having been sophomore Caleb Bowen (Hurricane, W.Va.) who finished in 26:25.2 for an overall finish of 49th. Bowen also was the second-highest Marshall men's finisher at the Tommy Evans Invitational (Sept. 5).
Junior Celia Leonard (Mount Vernon, Ohio) recorded the best finish among Marshall women as her 44th place finish in the 6k took 22:46.1. Senior Julia Galloway (Huntington, W.Va.) finished second for the Herd in 23:18.6 to finish 75th overall after leading the women at the Commodore Classic (Sept. 14). The women's team has had three different runners lead the team in each of the first three meets of the season.
"Celia Leonard had her best performance of the season to lead the women's team," said Small. "Jack Whitney had another strong outing today to lead the men. We will work very hard over the next couple of weeks to prepare our next meet at Evansville."
Marshall will have its longest break of the season between meets until the men and women run in the Evansville Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Evansville, Ind. For more information on Marshall cross country, visit www.HerdZone.com or follow @HerdTFXC on Twitter.
Charlotte Invitational - Marshall Individual Finishes