RESULTS | LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Just three days after they moved up three spots in the NAIA Coaches' Poll, the 16th-ranked Madonna University women's cross country team proved they belonged there as they earned a fifth place finish in the NAIA/NCAA III standings of the Blue race at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Mackenzie Gurne (SO/Shelby Twp., Mich) was the Crusaders' top finisher on Saturday as she crossed the line 19th in 18:57.85. Less than four seconds later, teammate Christina Murphy (FR/Livonia, Mich.) placed 20th in a time of 19:01.51 and Alison Shapic (SO/Madison Heights, Mich.) wasn't far behind as she was 22nd with a time of 19:05.80.
Kathleen George (FR/Westland, Mich.) was the fourth MU runner to finish as she placed 32nd with a time of 19:23.08 and Jessica Reagle (JR/Homer, Mich.) solidified a solid 1-5 split of 35.46 seconds as she placed 43rd in 19:33.31. Kateri Mills (FR/Belding, Mich.) (19:44.08) and Caroline George (FR/Westland, Mich.) (20:14.29) rounded out the team times as they helped keep the 1-7 split at 40.90.
Five other Crusaders competed in the race, however, at the time of this writing the results were incomplete. Please check back later for complete results and an updated release.
On a grass course that featured several 90-degree turns and a few hills, the Crusaders showed they belong with the NAIA's best as they finished just five minutes shy of No. 2 Aquinas, two minutes off the team total of No. 10 Taylor (Ind.) and less than a minute behind No. 6 Shawnee State (Ohio). The Crusaders also bettered No. 18 Marian and No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan.
Aquinas won the NAIA/NCAA III race with 35 team points with Taylor second with 75 points. NCAA III Hope placed third with 84 points while Shawnee State was fourth with 91. Madonna completed the top five with 118 points. Ariel Jensen of Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) won the event with a time of 17:54.29.
Madonna races again on Friday, Oct. 6 in South Bend, Indiana as they take part in the Bethel Invite hosted by Bethel College at St. Patrick's Country Park.
CRUSADER TIMES AND FINISHES
|116||Megan Greb (SO/Washington Twp., Mich.)||20:43.16|
|152||Kate Cotham (FR/Plymouth, Mich.)||21:51.93|
|169||Kayla Morgan (FR/Livonia, Mich.)||25:15.76|
|170||Lisa Karkowski (FR/Novi, Mich.)||25:16.37|
|171||Fatema Fakih (SO/Dearborn Heights, Mich.)||29:23.40|
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