By Rochelle Black
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Running at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park, Shorter University's cross country teams fared well against tough competition. Hosted by the University of Louisville, the meet featured some of the best teams in the country, such as Georgia, Arizona, and Texas.
The Lady Hawks were led by Shea Spicher, who won the silver division race. Her time of 18:30.51 was a personal best by 45 seconds for this particular course. Ashley Logan and Hannah Turner finished closely together at 29th and 32nd, respectively. Katie Rutledge (71st), Breiona Badie (103rd), and Rachel McDaniel (153rd) finished well enough to garner runner up honors in the team competition.
First year coach Martin Hernandez was pleased with how the ladies fared.
"I think the girls all ran really well today," Hernandez said. "This is where the Division I nationals will be run later this season, so the field was packed. Shea was a monster today, and that PR was huge. Things are coming around nicely"
The men had some success on their end as well, with both Daniel Sorenson and Carlos Perez finishing the in the top 10 at 3rd and 5th, respectively. Evans Tanui's 18th place finish gave the Hawks three in the top 20. Cory Cown (38th) and Derek Douglas (251st) rounded out the team and secured a seventh place team finish in the silver division.
"Our guys are still putting it all together," said Hernandez. "Our top three guys finishing in the top 20 bodes well for us in the team aspect. We still have time before conference and nationals to correct a few mistakes, but we're further ahead than I expected."
The teams will take to the road again in two weeks at the Crimson Classic hosted by the University of Alabama. The races begin Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 am ET.