Several Notch Personal Bests at SAU Event
Bettendorf–The Statesmen cross country teams hit the course in the Quad Cities on Saturday at the St. Ambrose Invitational.
The William Penn men placed sixth out of 12 teams with 183 points, while Olivet Nazarene took the crown with a perfect 15 points. The first ten runners to cross the line were from ONU.
The WPU women did not field a team as Olivet Nazarene also claimed the top spot for the women with 18 points. Five of the top six times came from the winning squad.
Olivet Nazarene’s Ethan Gallagher was the first runner to cross the line in the 8K men’s race with a time of 25:36, and Sarah Ray of Olivet Nazarene earned the win in the 5K women’s competition in 18:24.
Saromo Mugisha (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Business Management) crossed the line first for the Statesmen, placing 32nd out of 111 runners with a time of 28:00. Deane Wichelt (Jr., Durant, Iowa, Mechanical Engineering) was close behind him in 44th with a time of 28:28.
Nick Thomas (Jr., Salmon, Idaho, Physical Education) finished in 49th at 28:41, and Jeremy Mooney (Fr., Clinton, Iowa, Physical Education) placed 65th with a time of 29:34.
Dustin Ewalt (Fr., Clinton, Iowa, History/Government) crossed the line in 76th place, logging a 30:05 clip. Quintin Marshall (Sr., St. Louis, Mo., Computer Science) finished in 90th place with a time of 30:55. Raphael Crisosto (Sr., Chicago, Ill., Undecided) rounded out the Statesmen runners with a 103rd-place finish and a time of 32:46.
Rosemary Bailey (Sr., Fayetteville, Ark., Communication) headlined the women in 35th place (122 runners) with a time of 20:33.
Deja Lewis (Fr., Spring, Texas, Undecided) was second for the Statesmen for the second-straight meet, finishing 63rd with a time of 21:51. Sade Myers (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii, Elementary Education) rounded out the women’s team with a 92nd-place finish in a time of 23:03.
“We are starting to race smarter and the improvements are showing,” Coach Cody Ingold said. “On the women’s side, Rosemary ran a personal best and Deja and Sade both ran season bests.”
“Our guys are a little beat up, but I thought they battled well and continued to make improvements,” Ingold added. “Nick, Jeremy, and Dustin all ran personal bests to solidify our top five.”
Next: William Penn competes in their final regular season meet at the St. Louis Pharmacy Classic on October 26.