SSU XC moving up
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After its final race of the regular season at the Great Lakes Challenge, men’s cross country held at No. 6 in the national rankings. The Bears finished runner-up in their final race of the regular season, beating several top 25 schools but were edged out by St. Francis. St. Francis was ranked No. 3 in the latest poll.
Nine of the top 25 individuals in program history are on this season’s roster. Overall, this team holds 11 of the top 25 times in the school’s history. Reigning Mid-South Runner of the Week Brad Liston tops the list as the fourth-fastest individual all-time. He has twice been named conference runner of the week and holds seven of the top 25 times in program history.
Jeremy Anderson and Adam Schroeder are ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the all-time record book. Anderson has turned in the two quickest times of his college career in each of the past two competitions. Both of those times rank amongst the top 20 all-time. Schroeder posted a career-best 25:13 this past weekend. He owns the 14th and 17th-best times in program history.
Jeremy Hornick has raced twice after returning from injury. He is the eighth-fastest runner in school history with his best time from 2011. Derek Ryan is sitting just outside the top 10 as the 11th-quickest individual in school history and was the team’s top finisher in each of the first two races.
Eli Gerlach moved up to No. 13 in the all-time record books after crossing the 26-minute barrier for the first time in his career last weekend. His time of 25:48 was a 16 second improvement over his previous best time. Breydon Gates sits right behind him at No. 14. He set his career best two races ago and just missed running under the 26-minute mark this past weekend by three seconds.
Joe Stewart entered the record book with his career-best 26:08 this past weekend. His time was a 17 second improvement from his previous best. Brandon Magill checks in as the 25th runner on the all-time record book. He ran 26:09 at the Wilmington Fall Classic.
The Bears season is quickly winding down as they have just the Mid-South and NAIA Championships remaining. They will look to secure their third straight Mid-South title on Saturday, November 3 in the race hosted by Rio Grande. Their toughest test looks to come from the Cumberlands, who was receiving votes during this most recent poll.
Women’s Cross Country Receiving Votes in NAIA Poll
After putting all five of its top runners under the 20-minute mark for the second consecutive race, women’s cross country again found itself garning national attention as the Bears received 41 votes in the most recent national poll.
The Bears lineup now features eight runners that rank among the 25 quickest individuals in program history, including four of the top 12. Only one senior is among that top eight which features two freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors. Kasey Hosier has led the team to the finish line in every race this season and just missed her career best by one second this past weekend at the Great Lakes Challenge. She is the sixth-fastest individual in program history.
Freshman Halle Richards turned in the fastest time of her young career at the Great Lakes Challenge (19:15), cutting 13 seconds off her previous best. With that time, she moved up to eighth slot in the all-time record book. Sitting just outside the top 10 is Jamie Retherford. Retherford has finished in the 19 minute range for the first time in her career during each of the past two races. A three second improvement would bump her up to ninth-fastest in program history.
Ashlyn Howie turned in the fastest time of her Shawnee State career last weekend at the Great Lakes Challenge (19:41). She cut nine seconds off her previous best and sits at No. 12 in all-time record book. Arielle Knapp also went under the 20-minute mark for the second consecutive race. Her time of 19:54 last week places her as the 18th-quickest runner in SSU history.
From her time in a previous season, Amber Smith ranks as 19th-fastest runner in program history. She ran 20 minutes flat prior to this season and cut over a minute and a half off her previous season best this past weekend. Megan Day ran a season-best 20:02 two weeks ago and currently ranks 21st in the all-time record books. Bri Tudor also set a career best this week to reestablish herself as a top 25 runner in program history. She ran 20:16 and is the 24th-fastest women in program history.
The Bears will now be in training this weekend as they look to three-peat as Mid-South Champions on Saturday, November 3 in the race hosted by Rio Grande. Shawnee State was the only Mid-South school to receive a vote in the most recent poll, but has been back-and-forth in the rankings with Cumberlands throughout the season.
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