MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Owls cross country teams competed at the Rhodes College Invitational on September 15. The men's team finished 21st out of 21. The women finished 20th out of 20.
The men ran the 8k against Memphis, Rhodes, Mississippi College, Union(TN), Oglethorpe, Austin Peay, Berry, Christian Bros., Southwestern (Tex.), Trevecca Nazarene, Centre, Franklin, East Texas Baptist, Edgewood, McMurry, Millsaps, Lyon, Belhaven, Arkansas-Monticello, and LeMoyne-Owen.
The women ran the 6k against Union, Centre, Memphis, Harding, Berry, Austin Peay, Mississippi College, Rhodes, Christian Bros., McMurry, Millsaps, Franklin, Trevecca Nazarene, East Texas Baptist, Southwestern (Tex.), Arkansas-Monticello, Lyon, LeMoyne-Owen, and Crowley's Ridge.
"Today was our first 8k and 6k of the season. It showed promise for the season and areas to focus on at practice as well," said Head Cross Country Coach Morgan Turnipseed. "We had outstanding effort on the guys team, for Matthew and Jabari who finished at their goal pace for this meet. On the girls side, we had strong teamwork for the number 1 and 2 runners- Lauren Smith, who lead the way as a great example of a senior leader and Hailey Brown one of our freshman who worked to stay right behind Smith and follow her hard work. "
For the women, Lauren Smith was the first Owl to cross the finish line with a time of 34:19.8, placing 149th of 168 runners.
For the men, Matthew Geis was the first Owl to cross the finish line with a time of 34:23.4, placing 151st of 183 runners.
The Owls cross country teams will be back on the course September 29 at the JSU Foothills Invitational, with the men's 7k starting at 8:00am and the women's 6k starting at 8:45 am.