Madelyn Garrison

Cross Country

Cross Country Concludes Regular Season With Top-10 Team Finishes

Minor, Garrison lead for second straight meet

KERNERSVILLE, N.C.—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.
Men's (8K)
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                              
Women's (5K)
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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