By Jessica Carrillo
This weekend, the BenU Eagles Cross Country team was among the numerous nationally ranked teams to attend the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invite. Schools from all over the Midwest, East Coast and South were in attendance.
Both teams were coming off a solid performance from last week’s meet, and out of all the Northern Athletics Conference schools this week, the Eagles men’s and women’s teams both finished in 3rd place.
For women, the top three runners were freshman Julie Carroll junior Jordan Cart and senior Danielle Smith. Carroll and Cart also ran for personal bests.
“On the women’s side, we ran well and had a few solid individual performances,” stated Head Coach Molly Remley. “The group is running much stronger than last year but this was not our best team race of the year.”
The top three runners from the men were senior Danny Graham, freshman Zeke Timmer and sophomore Hugh Gill. Junior Ryan Serafino and sophomore Patrick Ives both ran for personal bests.
“The men are in a similar position [as the women],” explained Remley. “They are definitely ahead of where we were at this point last year, but at the same time, the competition in the NAC also continues to improve. It will be a tight race on the front end and everyone needs to be able to cover their role on the team.”
Looking ahead to conference, Coach Remley and the teams are eager to continue working hard at practices to reach their full potential.
“We’re working now to keep our legs crisp, but also starting to back down our mileage slightly,” Remley added. “We look to compete to the best of our ability at the conference championships.”
“Last fall, our men placed 4th and our women placed 7th. We want to improve on those finishes and leave everything out on the course.”
The BenU Eagles Cross Country teams are back in action in the biggest meet of the year on Saturday, Oct. 29, as they will compete in the NAC championships.