Marshall cross country ended its regular season Friday evening at the VertCross Invitational hosted by High Point University. As a team, the men finished fifth out of 18 schools and the women finished 10th out of 18 schools.
The men's team was led by a pair of top-20 individual finishes as junior Alex Minor
led the way with a 12th place finish and time of 25:56.77. He was closely followed by senior Nick Schmidt
who finished 17th with a time of 26:18.33.
Freshman Ryan Vaught
finished in 41st with a time of 27:07.52. Classmate Ian Domenick
finished 10 spots behind in 51st with a time of 27:22.94. Sophomore Joel Krznaric
cracked the top-five individual finishers for the second straight meet with a time of 27:37.85 in 60th place.
On the women's side, freshman Madelyn Garrison
hit a milestone for the Thundering Herd. She became the first freshman since Marshall joined the Conference USA to pace the team in every regular season meet as a freshman. She finished 45th with a time of 19:54.26.
Freshman Alexandra Evans
followed Garrison for the fourth consecutive meet in 60th with a time of 20:17.21. Junior Mary Kerby
finished 70th with a time of 20:46.00.
Junior Abigail Short
finished 82nd with a time of 21:05.40. Fellow junior Audreana Lewis
filled out the top-five with a time of 21:48.61 in 102nd.
Alex Minor 12th 25:56.77
Nick Schmidt 17th 26:18.33
Ryan Vaught 41st 27:07.52
Ian Domenick 51st 27:22.94
Joel Krznaric 60th 27:37.85
Hunter Deem 65th 27:48.55
Coy Smith 76th 28:04.93
Madelyn Garrison 45th 19:54.26
Alexandra Evans 60th 20:17.21
Mary Kerby 70th 20:46.00
Abigail Short 82nd 21:05.40
Audreana Lewis 102th 21:48.61
Mary Zulauf 108th 22:00.01
Allison Short 115th 22:20.24
Alyssa Long 131st 24:11.03
Stephanie Rogner 143rd 26:31.04
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the meet
"I feel really good about this meet on both sides. For the women, I loved the way they got out and competed. Madeline and Alexandra led the team and put themselves in a great position late in the race. Abigail ran the best race of her year as well which we really needed. The men ran tough as well. Alex and Nick ran great up front and Ryan had a great meet to be our number three man. It was a heck of a race from him when we needed it the most. Now, we need to work on closing the gap from two to three and we'll be right on track to accomplish our goals at conference."
"Overall, it was a good prep meet going into conference. Unfortunately, the times weren't there but that's cross country. It's all about the placing and I thought we competed really well. Now, bring on the Conference USA Championships."
The Herd will compete Saturday, October 27 at the Air Force Reserve Conference USA Cross Country Championships. The meet is hosted by Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Florida.
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