Shelbyville, Ind. – Both the Transylvania women's and men's cross country teams posted second-place finishes at Friday night's Mount St. Joseph University Invitational at the Blue River Cross Country Course.
Led by freshman Jacob Burnham's fourth-place finish in a time of 27:54:20 in the men's 8K, the Pioneers took second over a field of five teams, finishing second behind St. Mary-of-the-Woods and ahead of host Mount St. Joseph, Central State, and Cincinnati Christian.
The Transylvania women displayed their best team finish of the 2018 season, taking second behind St. Mary-of-the-Woods in the 6K race. Senior Rebecca Facktor was the Pioneer pacesetter, taking sixth place in 27:55:50. The Transylvania women took second place among four teams as three different runners finished in the top-eight out of a field of 24.
Friday's race offered exceptional performances from both individuals and teams as the Pioneers continued to hone their stride for the stretch run of the season.
"I thought our women put together a fantastic team race," commented Transylvania cross country head coach Taylor Throckmorton. "We had a very intentional goal of doing a better job of working together within the race and our top three women did just that and finished 11 seconds apart."
Clocking closely behind Facktor in the women's 6K was sophomore Josie Cunningham for seventh place (27:58:00) and freshman Cassidy Kelien in eighth place (28:06:00).
In the men's race, freshman Chauncey Longman recorded an eighth-place finish, crossing the line in 29:53:30. Sophomore Darrell Corn was right behind his teammate, finishing in 30:08:40 for ninth place as the Pioneers boasted three top-10 finishers in both races.
"It was great to see our freshmen men begin to put together strong races," added Throckmorton. "Every freshman ran faster this week than last week which is indicative of both the training they are putting in and gaining experience in collegiate races."
The Pioneers continue their September schedule on Saturday, September 29 as they compete in the Greater Louisville Meet. Two regular season races remain for the Pioneers prior to the October 27 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
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