Freshmen top team times at Otterbein Invitational

Freshmen top team times at Otterbein Invitational
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - The freshman are making their impact early on Transylvania's men and women's cross country teams, recording the top Pioneer times despite the muddy conditions at the Otterbein Invitational.

"It was almost like running a Tough Mudder today," said Head Coach Heidi Pinkerton.

The original course, held at Otterbein University, was saturated after inclement weather the night before, causing officials to re-route the race. However, many spots in the course were knee-deep in water. "Because of the conditions, we focused on racing for spots instead of time,' said Pinkerton.

The men's cross country team finished with a combined time of 2:51:01.0. Transylvania's top male runner was freshman Kyle Sprague, finished the race with a time of 28:54.9. Sprague ran at a 5:49 minute per mile pace. Freshman Alex Czujko netted the second fastest Pioneer time, recording a 29:52. Freshman Andrew Meyer, who managed a new personal record, finished with a final time of 35:28.6, followed by sophomore Akin Erol (36:42.4) and freshman Andrew Ellis(40:02.3).

"The guys did well racing with only five guys," said Pinkerton. "We were missing our number three and four guys to help keep the pace."

The women's team finished with a combined time of 2:22:08.6. Transylvania's top female runners were freshman Olivia Schaefer and freshman Shelby Catlett. Schaefer ran the race in 26:27.7, with 7:07 minutes per mile. Catlett ran a 27:43.1 minute race, at a 7:27 minute per mile pace.

Teammates Paige Volpenhein recorded  28:13.2, followed by Alex Carey finished with 29:22.7, Alex Rand with 30:27.1, Stephanie Wright with 34:19.1, and Annie Edkins with 35:52.4.

Mount Union came out on top for both men and women's team times. Wooster made a second place finish in men's and Findlay finished second place in women's.

The next challenge for the Pioneers cross country teams is the Greater Louisville Classic on November 2.