Manchester University
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October 7, 2016

Cross Country

(left to right) Senior Mariah Jordan, First-year Emily Ewen, Senior Tiffany Harber


MU Succeeds in Louisville 'Pre-Nationals'

Mack Leinweber

The Black and Gold ran in the Greater Louisville Invitational held at Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Senior Mariah Jordan extended her streak as Manchester’s top female finisher to twenty-three consecutive meets. She checked in at (22:16:44), good for 15th place, senior Tiffany Harbor followed up finishing 66th overall at (23:31:44), and first year Hannah Wappes finished 70th overall at (23:34:23). Manchester’s women finished with a total of 326 points for a spot in the Silver race’s top ten.  

For the men, Seniors Alex Gudeman and Connor Bresnahan both placed in the top fifty overall, leading the Black and Gold to 15th place. Gudeman finished 40th at (26:02:38), while Bresnahan ended 48th at (26:12:79).  The men’s third lowest finisher was senior Thomas Dean, finishing 92nd overall at (26:53:25). The men’s squad totaled 459 points, making them the top-placing league school.
On the men and women’s success, cross country head coach Geoff Lambert said: “I think the team raced well together and they are continuing to be focused on getting better every day.” Manchester University Cross Country’s next scheduled meet is on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Interregional Rumble at Oberlin College in Ohio.   

First year Sam Banard looks forward to running at the Ohio meet and seeing how much the team improves from earlier meets. “It's supposed to be a fast course,“ he says, “So that will be fun. It is a good course to get PRs and hopefully do well as a team.“