History Made for Herd Cross Country at C-USA Championships
Green, Schmidt place on All-C-USA Team
CLINTON, Miss.—The Marshall cross country team competed at the 2017 Conference USA Championships on Saturday morning, October 28. The meet took place on the Watson Course at the Choctaw Trails, which also hosted the 1986 and 1988 NCAA National Championships.
History was made as the Herd placed multiple men’s runners on the All-Conference USA team for the first time since 2010. Juniors Daniel Green and Nick Schmidt earned third team All-C-USA honors by each placing in the top-21 individually.
Green finished 17th with a time of 25:17.44 and Schmidt finished 21st with a time of 25:23.10 in an 8K race. Green also finished 17th last year at the Conference USA Championship Meet, making him the first Marshall runner to make consecutive All-Conference USA teams since Matt Schiffbauer (2010-11).
Schiffbauer and David Caldwell in 2010 were the two men who both made the All-C-USA team, which was the last time prior to Saturday multiple Marshall men accomplished the feat.
The Marshall men as a team finished in fifth out of 11 schools with 149 points. It was the best finish ever for the Herd since 11 schools have competed on the men’s side since 2014. The Herd has twice previously finished fifth at the Conference USA meet, but only eight schools competed at the time (2011, 2012).
Following Green and Schmidt, sophomore Alex Minor came through next for the men in 32nd with a time of 25:55.93. Fellow sophomore Hunter Deem came through in 42nd (26:14.95) and freshman Austin Jordan closely followed in 44th (26:34.19), rounding out the top-five.
The women’s team finished 11th out of 13 schools with a point total of 281. Junior Adriana Cook led the team like she has done so in now four of the five meets this season. She finished in 36th with a time of 18:32.84 in the 5K.
Rounding out rest of the team was sophomore Mary Kerby in 76th (19:41.46), junior Taylor Craigo in 78th (19:45.66), seniors Jane Jensen in 81st (19:52.04), Samantha Graffius in 82nd (19:57.67) and Victoria Dent in 93rd (20:49.76).
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the men’s team
“The guys did really well, I’m super pleased with everyone’s performance. First mile we were in a great position in fourth place with two guys in the top-20 and five guys in the top-38. As the race progressed, Nick Schmidt moved up into All-Conference position and Daniel Green held onto his top-17 spot. Then Alex Minor, Hunter Deem, and Austin Jordan all came through in the top-45, closing us out and getting us that fifth place finish. We haven’t had two men get All-Conference honors since Schiffbauer and Caldwell, and Schiffbauer was a national qualifier and Caldwell ended up being a first-team All-Conference runner.
This group has gotten so much better since the first meet and I’m excited to see what we do in the 10K distance at Lehigh, because that is what we train for.”
Bowen on the women’s team
“I’m also pleased with how the women ran today. We had our best overall race, top to bottom, all season. The competition was really high today and we had a few teams jump us from last year. That being said, I’m really proud of this group. Everybody here ran about a minute or faster than they did from the beginning of the season. Each week they keep getting better and better, and I’m excited to see what they do at the 6K distance at regionals.”
Junior Daniel Green on the team’s race
“It’s pretty exciting. I was really happy we got fifth as a team, and I was happy I wasn’t alone in All-Conference. I was happy to turn around and see Nick. We all came out and ran well, and I’m just proud of how we all did.”
Junior Nick Schmidt on his race
“It was a really good race. The underclassmen really stepped up when it meant the most today. It was definitely a confidence booster to make All-Conference ahead of regionals and my senior year of cross country.”
Junior Adriana Cook on her race
“I’m proud to call these girls my teammates. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did today without teammate support, it means a lot. I think ending on a high note was important. The season isn’t over yet, we’re looking forward to regionals and what comes next in indoor season.”
The team competes next at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday, November 10. The meet is the qualifying meet for the NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet. Follow the team on Twitter and Instagram @HerdTFXC for more all season long. #IAmBecauseWeAre