LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Auburn cross country wrapped up competition against some of the best teams in the nation at the Louisville Cross Country Classic held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park on Saturday. The men’s squad ran the 8k while the women ran the 5k.
“I was very pleased with both the teams today at Louisville,” assistant cross country and track and field coach David Barnett said. “It was an incredibly deep field and I thought that we responded very well. The men were patient and really laid it on the line the second half of the race. They averaged a much faster time as a team than at this meet last year. The women had a great race as well especially considering how many underclassmen we have in the mix. Kevin Wyss and Brenda Kigen both competed at a very high level to once again lead us home. We are in a good place right now with our training and are looking forward to the Crimson Classic in two weeks.”
The men had an average time of 24:53.54 and finished 10th with 349 points. The women averaged 17:43.59 and finished 13th.
Seniors Wesley Curles (24:41.94) and Coleman Churitch (24:48.93) finished 58th and 68th respectively to finish second and third for the men. Freshman Joyce Kimeli was Auburn’s second-leading finisher on the women’s side clocking a 17:19.10 to finish 35th.
The Tigers return to action Friday Oct. 13, at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
|| Mercy Kiprop