young cross country team had a solid first meet Thursday at Asbury
University. Despite the lack of
experience and the stiffer competition at this year's meet, the men and women
each took second place in their respective races.
"Not all the times were our best, but this was a tough
course and a good first race," men's coach Todd McDaniel said.
The Tiger men were led by senior Scott Ritter's 17:19 for a third place finish. Sophomore Tyler
Doolittle crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 17:37. Freshman Brandon Pulliam was the third GC runner
in, running an 18:12 in his first
collegiate race and just outside the top 10 in 11th place. Corey Hatfield was
just on Pulliam's heels, crossing 12th in 18:14.
Joe Cox was 21st in 18:58 and Tanner
Alexander finished his first GC race in 25th in 19:08.
On the women's side, freshman Elisha Overpeck won the race
in 20:12, while fellow rookie Jordan
Emmert was seventh in 23:30. Sophomore Finnja Ramcke finished 12th in 24:11. Freshman
Maggie Wilson was 15th with a time of 24:29. Mary Kate Dowdy was 22nd with a time of 25:31 and just behind her was senior
Adrienne Bartlett 23rd in 25:34.
Next weekend the teams return to action for the Centre College Invitational in Danville.