Posted: Sep 21, 2013
"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.