Sitting in traffic for almost two hours and arriving at the start-line just minutes before the race was not the ideal situation for the Mount Union Cross Country teams who competed in their season opener Friday night in Wilmington, Ohio. Despite getting caught in a traffic jam, the men’s team managed to win the meet (5k) scoring 33 points, with five runners in the top ten. The Raiders were led by Sophomore Preston Myers who placed third with a time of 16:08. Senior leader Jon Bach ran a 16:28 and is anticipating an exciting senior season with the team this year, with expectations to making it to Nationals.
After working hard all summer and having high hopes for the team, Bach states that he wants to make, “a statement at Regionals” and “at the OAC.”
The Purple Raiders are bided to place fourth in the OAC this season. Bach recognizes that this is early in the season, and the performances in Friday’s race have set “a standard,” and allowed the team to “get back into racing.” Bach looks forward to this season and holds both himself and his team to high standards.
On the Women’s side, the Purple Raiders were led by Senior Katie Durisin in the two-mile race. She ran a 12:12, followed by Freshman Savannah Kole, who competed well in her first collegiate race running a 12:32. She has been determined this summer—working hard in completing summer workouts and focusing on, “not burning out” too early. Kole expects an exceptional post season, and she has goals to be in the top seven and secure a Varsity spot by the end of the season. Both teams got a feel for racing this weekend and can confidently go into next Saturday as they compete at Michigan in the Knight Invite.