Cross Country Competes Well at USCAA National Championship

Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Photo Credit: Owls Communication

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Owls men's and women's cross country team concluded the 2019 season at the USCAA National Championship in Virginia Beach, Va. In chilly 40 degree temperatures and 20 mph winds, Madeline Newman and Caroline Greer competed well for the women's team while David Young, Jonathan Mathis, David Standifer, Joshua Maughan, and Chase Norsworthy formed a 5-man team for The W.

Going up against field of 14, the Owls men's cross country team placed 12th in the 8k run at the Aviation Museum. The W outpaced Bluefield State College and Penn State University – Scranton in one of its best outings of the season.

Young led the Owls, finishing 49th overall among the top half of those competing. He recorded a new personal record, shaving off 55 seconds for a time of 30:52.28.

Mathis came in second for The W also beating his personal record. He finished with a time of 31:11.98 to come in 52nd overall.

Standifer, Maughan, and Norsworthy also competed well with times of 34:10.54, 34:36.76, and 40:56.52 respectively.

Competing as an individual along with fellow Owls women's cross country runner Greer, Newman finished 61st overall with a new personal record and new record for The W. She finished the 6k run with a time of 30:27.16 beating her best by 1:53 and the school's record by a tenth of a second.

Greer finished 68th overall with a time of 31:51.86.

"We are so proud of the members of the cross country team who represented The W so well this weekend," said head coach Morgan Turnipseed. "The bus ride leaving the meet they talked about how this is more like a family and are already started planning goals for next year. It was a wonderful end to our season to make history as the first cross country teams to represent The W at nationals. It was also a great meet to propel our team to a vision we want for next year."