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A Memorable End For Roanoke’s Runners: H. Toney Advances to NCAA Championships

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toneyThis past Saturday proved to be a successful day for Roanoke’s cross-country crew, when both the men and women’s team thrived at the NCAA South/Southeast Cross-Country Regional in Winchester, VA. The women earned eighth place, out of twenty-seven teams, led by some of their top runners, juniors Kerri Dalton, Caity Ashley, and Claire Brooks.

Finishing in 20th place, Dalton was the first Maroon to cross the finish line running for the 6k with a time of 23:10. Ashley wasn’t too far behind, finishing 25th and clocking at 23:24. Finally, Brooks finished with a time of 23:48 clinching 32nd place. Out of 200 female runners, Dalton, Ashley, and Brooks ended the season on a memorable note by earning All-Region Honors.

The men also proved to be a powerhouse on Saturday with an overall 12th place finish for the team. Memorable moments on the men’s side include junior John Wiggins placing 55th with an 8k time of 27:52. Sophomore Howard Daniels was next in 63rd place with a time of 28:04, followed by sophomore Colin Brennan crossing the finish line at 29:17.

However, the most impressive results were ran by senior Harrison Toney, who finished 2nd among the 203 male runners at Saturday’s race. Finishing the course in 25:55, Toney’s time qualifies him for the Division III National Championship on November 21st in Winneconne, Wisconsin. This is the second year in a row Toney will be making an appearance at the NCAA Championship meet. Out of 280 runners in last year’s 2014 Division III Championship meet in Mason, Ohio, Toney notched 129th with a speedy time of 25:32. After a successful fall season, finishing in the top three in all of his races, there’s no doubt that Harrison will thrive during his run and successfully represent Roanoke College this upcoming weekend.