Louisville, Ky. – The Transylvania cross country team tested itself against a talented field of runners in the Louisville Cross Country Classic at E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday afternoon.
The men's team finished in 25th place in the field of 34 teams, ahead of teams such as Emory & Henry and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Mount St. Joseph. On the women's side, the Pioneers finished 38th in the 43 team field, just ahead of HCAC rival Franklin.
"This was our first big race this season and I was excited to see how our team responded to the big stage," commented head coach Taylor Throckmorton. "They definitely used all the energy and environment to their advantage and just went out and executed their race. We aren't concerned with what anyone else does on the course. If we know we took care of our business, then we're happy and today we did that."
Freshman Jacob Burnam led the way for Transylvania in the men's race, finishing 31st in the field of 276 runners with a time of 27:00.2. Fellow freshman Chauncey Longman also turned in a strong effort, posting a time of 28:50.8 to finish 119th.
"I couldn't be happier with how our men's race went today," remarked Throckmorton. "We finally had every runner competing and healthy and it was really nice to put together a complete race. Our top three runners all set personal bests and Bobby really stepped up and ran great for us in the fourth spot. We definitely have a lot of momentum on our side right now so going forward, we just need to remain process oriented and continue to focus on and control our own preparation and execution."
Leading the way for Transylvania on the women's side was senior Rebecca Facktor who placed 185th out of 346 runners with a time of 22:11.3. Following Facktor were the duo of freshman Cassidy Kelien who placed 216th with a time of 22:47.4, and Josie Cunningham, who posted a time of 22:48.6 to finish 218th.
"I was really happy to see the women have a relatively small gap between our 1-3 runners again this week. It wasn't quite as tight as last week, but they definitely found each other in the race and worked together which can be hard to do in these types of races where there are 300 runners. Our top three was backed up really well by Maddie, Ally, and Hannah who all raced big season bests."
Up next for the Pioneers is a trip to Wilmington, Ohio for the Jenna Strong Invitational on Friday, October 12.
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