Friday was a big day for the Bobcats & Lady Cats, as they participated in the NAIA 2019 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Nationals in Vancouver, Washington.
“It was a tough race, packed with runners, so it was hard to move around,” stated head coach Clint Woods. “While we didn’t finish as high as we would have liked, I am incredibly proud of our team. Everyone put forth a great effort, and we are excited and looking forward to returning next year.”
The men raced first, with 335 runners qualifying to participate. In the eight-kilometer run, Samuel Baumer was the top finisher for the Bobcats in 117th place with a time of 26:32.1. He was followed by Garrett Pierce (234th) with a time of 27:31.8, Wesley Moore (276th) running 28:08.6, and David Byrd (281st) finishing in 28:12.2. Noah Rutledge (306th-29:07.5), Adin Hiebsch (315th-29:33.2), and Mason Apperson (319th-30:03.4) rounded out the men’s team, which placed 35th out of 37.
The women ran a 5-kilometer race, with 340 participants. Freshman Abigayle Money finished 154th with a time of 19:49.1 to lead the Lady Cats. Adeline Holder was not far behind with a time of 20:15.2 at 219th, and right on Holder’s heels, running in her final race was senior Hannah Duncan at 224th with a time of 20:16.5. Janelle Stall (277th-20:57.9), Beth Marteney (279th-20:58.5), Mary Zimmerman (310th-22:22.6), and Rachel Myrick (335th-25:00.2) rounded out the women’s team. The Lady Cats placed 33rd of 37 teams.
Congratulations to our Bobcat and Lady Bobcat cross country teams on an incredible season. Their hard work and dedication throughout the season brought them much success both on and off the course.