SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Spring Arbor University women's cross country team turned in its best times of the season at the Bethel College Invitational on Friday afternoon. The Cougars not only posted their fastest overall time team, but saw nine athletes post season-best times to help lead SAU to a ninth place finish in the 14-team field, which included seven ranked squads.
EVENT: Bethel College Invitational
TEAM FINISH: 9th/14
TOTAL NUMBER OF RUNNERS: 165
NAIA RANKED TEAMS: No. 3 Aquinas, No. 7 Taylor, No. 17 Saint Xavier, No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan, #RV Indiana Tech, #RV Cornerstone, #RV Marian
LOCATION: St. Patrick's Park | South Bend, Ind.
THE TEAM SCOREBOARD (TOP 5 TEAMS)
- Aquinas – 41 points
- Taylor – 58 points
- Saint Xavier – 99 points
- Indiana Tech – 110 points
- Indiana Wesleyan – 115 points
SPRING ARBOR TOP 7 RACE TIMES
- Victoria Harper (19:14 / 20th)
- Hannah Hoffmann (19:54 / 45th)
- Kelli Smith (20:07 / 54th)
- Jaydn Fuerst (20:36 / 83rd)
- Kyria Shoemaker (20:58 / 102nd)
- Katie Rutkowski (21:26 / 121st)
- Megan Jones (21:26 / 122nd)
- Aquinas won the invitational with 41 points while the Cougars finished ninth with 247.
- Spring Arbor recorded nine season-bests on the day, and posted the fastest team tight this season at 1:40:51
- Victoria Harper was SAU's top finisher for the third straight race. The junior from Clare, Michigan crossed the finish line in 19:14.
- The Spring Arbor 1-5 split was 1:44, and the 1-7 split was 2:12.
Spring Arbor will travel to Muskegon, Michigan for the Jayhawk Invitational, hosted by Muskegon Community College, on Friday, Oct. 14.