Men's Cross Country Best Six Teams, Women Outpace Four in JSU Foothills Invitational

Owls Cross Country at JSU Foothills; Photo Credit: Owls Cross Country Staff
Owls Cross Country at JSU Foothills; Photo Credit: Owls Cross Country Staff

OXFORD, Ala. – The Owls men's cross-country team bested six teams and the women outpaced four teams during the 2019 Jacksonville State University Foothill Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5. The men outran several NCAA Division II and NAIA schools including Lane College, Rust College, and Tuskegee University and one NCAA Division I school Kennesaw State. The women's team overcame Miles College, Shorter University, Lane, and Rust. 

For the men, freshman Joshua Maughan led the Owls for the first time this season, setting a new 8k record for The W. Maughan beat his last 8k record by 1:42 with a time of 30:43.60, beating the previous record by 43 seconds.

Jonathan Mathis crossed the finish line second for the Owls with a time of 31:42.70. In order, David Young, David Standifer, Noah McGhar, and Chase Norsworthy came in for The W and Standifer recorded a personal record by 10 seconds with a time of 34:21.30.

On the women's side, Lillie Fisher recorded this year's 5k record for The W, running 24:33.40 to break the last record by 32 seconds. Caroline Greer finished second for the Owls with a time of 25:54.49 and Mattie Newman ran 26:17.50 which was over a minute faster pace per mile compared to her 6k race. 

Senior Tiffany Phillips finished fourth for The W in 28:54.50 and freshman Katelyn Vann ran her second race of the year with a time of 31:12.90.

"We're proud of the successes of this race," said head coach Morgan Turnipseed. "I anticipate next week being a race day where we see many excel for the last regular season meet of the year. It never gets old seeing our program and athletes getting better and better as the season continues. It's always such excitement. There were cheers on the bus to celebrate our placement this meet, and we plan to finish strong next weekend at Choctaw Trails."

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