Cross Country Teams Place Second at Evansville Invitational
Thundering Herd Excels at Final Regular Season Meet
Oct. 13, 2012
EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The Marshall University cross country teams ran to impressive finishes at the Evansville Invitational on Saturday morning, placing second out of seven teams on the men’s side and second out of five in women’s action.
The Marshall men were once again led by senior David Caldwell, who crossed the line with an 8k time of 25:45.16 that was good enough for fourth place amidst the 87 competing runners. Peter Starnes and Caleb Bowen were not far behind, finishing in 10th and 11th after posting respective times of 26:21.40 and 26:26.08. Ryan Bowser finished 13th, and Jack Whitney 20th, as the Marshall men staked their claim for first place honors.
In the end, though, the team’s 57 point total was bested by IUPUI’s mark of 29, forcing the Herd to settle for a second place finish in the seven team field.
“The men’s team had a good race,” said Head Coach Jeff Small, “but we are still waiting on one of our two freshmen to break into the top-five and help the team improve. If that happens, we will be good for the remainder of the season.”
The Marshall women also managed to put together a solid race, running to their best finish of the season with a second place score of 55 that was just 19 points off Evansville’s meet winning total of 36.
Sophomore Celia Leonard once again paced the Herd, striding to a fifth place finish after running the 5k race in 18:35.60. Leslie Thomas and Kelley Mortakis were not far behind, crossing the line in seventh and ninth with respective times of 19:02.23 and 19:12.64. Freshman Alexandria Phares and sophomore Lauren Bartoldson rounded out the top-20 with 18th and 20th place finishes amidst a field of 55 participants.
“Our ladies ran their best team race of the year,” said Coach Small. “Our fifth runner, Lauren Bartoldson, was able to close the gap on the top-four runners which is something we will need to see in the rest of this year’s meets if we want to achieve our goals.”
The Evansville Invitational was the Herd’s fourth and final meet of the 2012 regular season, and the teams will now resume training in anticipation of the Conference USA Championships, which will be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Oct. 29.