Marshall Cross Country Completes VertCross Invitational
Green, Cook lead impressive day for Herd
KERNERSVILLE, N.C.—Marshall’s Cross Country teams completed their final regular season meet of the 2016 season on Friday in the High Point University VertCross Invitational.
As a team, the men finished seventh in a field of 22 teams. The men competed in an 8K race. The women competing against 19 other schools, finished eighth. The women ran a 6K race for the first time this season.
For the men, sophomore Daniel Green led the way with a 12th place finish, running in 25:28.84. Senior William Shaffer was the team’s second finisher in 40th place, running in 26:07.54. Fellow senior Tony Hayes rounded out the top-3 for the Herd, running a time of 26:20.33, finishing in 56th.
For the women, sophomore Adriana Cook second top-10 finish of the season led the way. She placed seventh, running in 21:37.50. Senior Andrea Porter finished in 29th, running in 22:28.03. Freshman Mikaela Mitchell came through next in 75th, running a time of 23:44.73.
ADDITIONAL MEN’S RESULTS
85th: Drake Seccurro—26:43.10
87th: Alex Minor—26:46.69
101st: Nick Salmons—27:01.93
116th: Hunter Deem—27:11.14
151st: Logan Kerby—27:48.93
159th: Jeremiah Parlock—27:55.45
160th: Nick Schmidt—27:55.92
190th: Joe Schwartz—28:41.85
ADDITIONAL WOMEN’S RESULTS
80th: Amber Govey—23:51.48
81st: Barkley Castro—23:52.08
95th: Mary Kerby—24:05.79
114th: Taylor Craigo—24:25.96
121st: Abigail Short—24:29.66
151st: Madeline Armstrong—25:13.27
170th: Jane Jensen—26:01.00
193rd: Holly Ackerman—27:09.63
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen general thoughts and on the women’s performance:
“I'm pretty pleased with how we did today. We competed well and fought hard against some good teams. The ladies impressed me the most. Adriana [Cook] and Andrea [Porter] did a great job of leading the team and our #3-6 were right in a tight pack which helped us a lot. The ladies are getting better and better each week and am excited about their potential at the conference championship in two weeks.”
Bowen on the men’s performance:
“On the guys side Daniel [Green] getting 12th was huge. He ran with confidence and looked great out there. Will [Shaffer] stepped up to be our 2nd guy today. I think as a whole we didn't run as well as we are capable of but several of the guys had good performances. We have two weeks to get better and I believe we'll be ready to go at the conference championship.”
Sophomore Adriana Cook on her performance:
“We knew the competition would be tough; but that was just what we needed. Today taught me a lot about making moves even when it's scary, and taught me how to be defensive and be competitor. I couldn't be happier finishing top 10, and the rest of the team did fantastic as well getting multiple PR's! God has blessed us with a great team and a great season so far. We are getting stronger every single day. Today's race made me so excited to see what The Herd will do at Conference!”
Sophomore Daniel Green on his performance:
“I felt good today. We ran on a good course and had great weather. That mixed with a lot of similar competition to us led to a good race for me.”
The teams will return to action in two weeks at the 2016 Conference USA Championships. The meet will take place in North Carolina as well, hosted by Charlotte. Follow the team on Twitter @HerdTFXC. #Stampede16