Historic Day for Herd Cross Country at Conference USA Championships
Porter, Cook, and Green earn All-Conference Honors
CONCORD, N.C.—The Marshall Cross Country teams performed strong in a difficult field at the 2016 Conference USA Cross Country Championships hosted by Charlotte. As a team, the men finished sixth out of 11 teams, while the women placed eighth out of 13 schools.
History was made on Saturday morning when the Herd placed three members onto the All-Conference teams. The All-C-USA teams were made up of the top-21 finishers in each race.
This was the first time since David Caldwell in 2012 that a Marshall runner placed on an All-C-USA team. Marian Brooks was the last Marshall female runner to place on an All-C-USA team in the C-USA Championships, when she finished 13th in 2006.
On the women’s side, senior Andrea Porter’s 14th place finish and impressive personal record of 17:57.0 placed her on the second team All-Conference. Sophomore Adriana Cook finished in 16th place with a time of 18:00.4, earning her third team All-Conference honors.
For the men, sophomore Daniel Green’s time of 25:12.9 and 17th place finish earned him a spot on the third team All-C-USA.
For the women’s team in a 5K race, the team placed eighth out of 13 participating Conference USA schools. In addition to Andrea Porter and Adriana Cook, the next finisher was senior Amber Govey. Govey finished 58th with a time of 19:22.7. Junior Barkley Castro came through the line next with a time of 19:32.2, finishing in 62nd.
Back to back in 65th and 66th were freshmen Mikaela Mitchell and Mary Kerby respectively, both running an official time of 19:36.9. Sophomore Taylor Craigo finished next in 84th with a time of 20:20.7, followed by freshman Abigail Short in 87th, running in 20:23.1.
The men’s team in an 8K race placed sixth out of 11 participating Conference USA schools. Following Daniel Green was senior William Shaffer in 28th place, running 25:49.4. Immediately following him in 29th place was fellow senior Tony Hayes, who ran in 25:55.7.
Coming through the finish line next was freshman Logan Kerby in 53rd with a time of 27:13.7. Freshman Nick Salmons ran in 27:22.1, coming in 55th place. Fellow freshman Hunter Deem finished in 58th place with a time of 27:36.4.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen’s General Thoughts on the meet
“We’re really excited for the three All-Conference runners in Andrea [Porter], Adriana [Cook], and Daniel [Green]. This was the first time since 2012 we’ve had anyone on the All-Conference team. I think this meet has shown us how far we have come, and I’m so excited for regionals.”
Additional thoughts on impressive runners
“Additionally, on the guy’s side Will [Shaffer] and Tony [Hayes] had great races. They came so close to top-21, but were still really proud of them. Amber Govey also had a really good race. I think this was one of her better performances ever.”
On goals set and accomplished
“We accomplished the goals we set. We wanted to place someone on the All-Conference team, and we had three place. We were predicted to finish eighth in men’s, we finished sixth. We were predicted ninth in women’s, we finished eighth. So we really accomplished our goals and are proud of our team.”
On the young team
“Our freshman got some really good experience. I know some of them are disappointed with their times, but we’re proud of them. Between them and strong underclassmen, we’ll be good for years to come.”
Sophomore Daniel Green on being named to the All-Conference USA team
“It feels good because I’ve been putting in a lot of work and it’s nice to see it pay off. I wasn’t really sure if I would get there because our competition is really strong and fast.”
Senior Andrea Porter on her performance and day
“To be All-Conference and to break 18 minutes were my two goals coming into this season. To accomplish both in the same day is surreal. To have teammates make All-Conference with me and break history is a blessing. To be a senior and end on such a high note is nothing short of perfect to me. I love these girls and today this made me wish we had several more. On to regionals and on to track.”
Sophomore Adriana Cook on her race and the team
“God is good, all glory to Him. It is so rewarding to know that my summer training, all my season leading up to this, even when I didn’t want to run, it was so great knowing that when I crossed the line being top-21 would put me in All-Conference, it all paid off. Also, I was super proud of the team today. I was talking to Barkley [Castro], who said she ran in a pack with some girls. Training together, running together, and pushing each other really helps and it helped us today.”
The team will return to action on Nov. 11 at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in State College, Pa., hosted by Penn State University. Stay tuned to HerdZone for more photos from the team’s race, and on Twitter (@HerdTFXC) for more. #STAMPEDE16