By Emily Sierra Poertner
On Saturday September 20 the Maroon Cross Country teams hosted the Roanoke Invitational. The Women’s Cross Country team took first place in their race, and the men came in second in their race. The race was held at Mowles Spring Park in Salem.
In the women’s 5k, Roanoke had five runners finishing in the top ten. Sophomore Kerri Dalton finished first with a time of 21:07, shaving thirty-three seconds off her 2013 time.
The Maroons also finished in a clump sixth through ninth place. Claire Brooks finished with a time of 22:29.40 followed shortly by Jennifer Barthol, finishing at 22:31. Nora DeBoer crossed the line at 22:45 and Hannah Cline finished at 22:48.
The women overall finished with 31 points total. The Virginia Tech Running club finished second, followed by Guilford College.
In the men’s 8k race, Roanoke had three runners in the top ten finishing. Junior Harrison Toney had another great race after winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second time this semester for his finish in the Washington & Lee invitational. He finished this week again in first place with a time of 27:25.90, which was several seconds better than his time at Washington & Lee.
Josh Wiggins took fourth place for the Maroons with a time of 28:53.60. Trevor Quesenberry crossed the line at 29:48, taking eighth place.
The men finished second place overall with 39 points. It was a tight loss to the Virginia Tech Running Club. The Maroons finished far ahead of the third place team, Southern Virginia.
After the meet, the Maroon Club hosted their cross country alumni day. Current and former Cross Country team members enjoyed lunch on campus. This was well timed to celebrate the good work of Roanoke College student athletes earlier that day.
Their next meet is scheduled for the first Saturday in October at the Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, SC.