Herd Cross County Battles Stiff Competition and Weather at Notre Dame
Green, Cook lead way for Thundering Herd
SOUTH BEND, Ind.--The Marshall cross country teams competed under an overcast sky, occasional rain, and sharp wind Friday afternoon at the 61st annual Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. The large meet featured nationally ranked teams from across the country and several Olympic trialists.
As a team, both the men and women competed in the gold divisions. The men finished in 16th place out of 24 teams. The men's gold race, an 8K, featured 183 runners. The women finished in 19th out of 28 teams, with a total of 222 competitors. The women ran a 5K competition.
Sophomore Daniel Green led the way for the men, with a time of 25:27.1, finishing in 35th place. Just a few spots behind was freshman Alex Minor finishing in 39th place, running in 25:29.9. Senior Tony Hayes was the next Marshall finisher in 91st, running in 26:07.3.
For the women, sophomore Adriana Cook came through first with a time of 17:44.4, placing 24th. Senior Andrea Porter finished in 53rd, running an 18:08.2. The third Marshall finisher was freshman Mikaela Mitchell, running in 19:03.9, coming in 145th place.
ADDITIONAL MEN'S RESULTS:
Senior Will Shaffer: 108th--26:18.4
Sophomore Nick Schmidt: 117th--26:28.0
Senior Drake Seccurro: 134th--26:40.0
Freshman Logan Kerby: 160th--27:08.9
Freshman Hunter Deem: 162nd--27:20.8
ADDITIONAL WOMEN'S RESULTS:
Junior Barkley Castro: 155th--19:07.0
Senior Amber Govey: 171st--19:23.8
Freshman Mary Kerby: 179th--19:31.5
Sophomore Taylor Craigo: 193rd--19:49.0
Freshman Abigail Short: 195th--19:50.1
Additionally, several team members participated in the open race. The open race comprised of both male and female alternates. The men still ran an 8K while the women ran a 5K. Freshman Nick Salmons finished in 43rd place with a time of 27:09.0, and fellow freshman Jeremiah Parlock finished in 61st, with a time of 27:53.8.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the meet:
"I'm pretty pleased with how the meet went. Whenever most of the team PR's, it's a good day. I thought our top two on each side did extremely well, and our 3-6 on both sides was close together and that's what we need. As the season goes on, we want to get 3-5 closer to 1-2 to achieve our goals. This meet was a great meet to see where we actually are at this point of the season, and I'm excited to see where we progress heading towards regionals and conferences."
Sophomore Daniel Green on his race
"I had a lot of nerves going into it, I don't like running against that many people. I'm glad it didn't rain because it could've been really muddy on that course if it was. But the course was good, I felt good about my race, and I was glad to be able to come through at the end with my friend Alex (Minor)."
Junior Barkley Castro on competing at Notre Dame
"It was great to be able to compete at such a historic place like Notre Dame against some great competition.
Senior Tony Hayes on the trip experience
"Overall Notre Dame was a great experience. It was great to see a bunch of people PR. It was really fun running against good competition, and it was fun to watch some of the top nationally ranked teams in the blue division."
Sophomore Adriana Cook on the team's performance
"The whole time coming in, we knew it would be flat and fast, so even though it was pressuring, we've all had strong workouts leading up to this race, so our confidence was really good coming into the race. My goal was sub 18 minutes, and I'm still in awe that I ran a 17:44 and that almost our entire team hit a PR. It was just a really good meet overall, and I'm thankful it was in God's will for us to run well and have a safe race."
After a week off, the team returns to action on October 14th at the High Point University Vert Invitational in Kernersville, North Carolina. Check back to HerdZone.com and follow us on our Twitter page @HerdTFXC for more information and photos from the team's trip to Notre Dame. #STAMPEDE16