Cross Country Performs Well at National Catholic Meet

Sept. 16, 2016

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the 37th Annual National Catholic Championships on Friday night. The women’s team placed second, while the men’s team took fourth.

“Overall, I thought the team had a really good day,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “I was impressed with our front running today. In both races, we put people up front in the race and that was huge as far as our team scores were concerned.”

Both teams improved on their finishes from a season ago. The women’s side was led by redshirt senior Kellie Greenwood (17:28.8), senior Brittney Feivor (17:37.1) and junior Jennifer Parker (18:04.8) for the second straight race as all three finished in the top 10, taking third, fourth and ninth, respectively, on the 5-kilometer course.

“Also, in both races, our pack did well,” Nelson said. “I felt like we packed up in little groups and the athletes really worked well together. You could see there was some great teamwork going on and people were pushing each other and that was great to see.”

Redshirt junior Abigail Busse was fourth on the squad with a time of 18:46, good for 28th overall, and senior Clare McDonald was right behind her in 29th with a time of 18:47.3. Sophomore Mary Hanson placed sixth on the team and 44th overall with a time of 19:05.5, while junior Meghan Carroll was right behind in 46th with a time of 19:05.7.

The women totaled 73 points to finish behind only host Notre Dame, who tallied 31 team points.

On the men’s side, junior Alec Miller took second place overall with a 5-mile time of 25:11.2, finishing less than 5 seconds behind Detroit’s Ben Kendell. Freshman Daniel Pederson was second on the team for the second race in a row, taking 16th place with a time of 25:58.7.

Like Nelson stated, the Golden Eagles worked well together in their packs. Sophomore Brad Eagan (26:09.1) and redshirt freshman Ryan Burd (26:11.5) ran together to the finish, taking 21st and 22nd, respectively, while redshirt sophomore Aric Miller (26:50.5) and sophomore Jon Klaiber (26:51.7) also finished together, taking 40th and 41st overall, respectively. MU’s seventh runner on the afternoon was Kevin Ryan, who placed 50th in a time of 27:06.5.

The men totaled 100 team points to finish behind champion, Saint Louis (52), followed by host Notre Dame (70) in second and Dayton (76) in third.

The Golden Eagles will take a week off before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Greater Louisville Classic hosted by the University of Louisville.




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