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Harriers Battle Heat at ODAC Preview

Harriers Battle Heat at ODAC Preview

By Seth McGuffin

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's and women's cross country teams battled the heat as well as their fellow ODAC opponents Friday afternoon at the ODAC Preview Meet hosted by Washington and Lee University.

The men opened the meet by finishing sixth in their 8,000-meter event with the women coming in fourth in a 4,000-meter race. The women's course distance was lessened from 6,000 meters to 4,000 meters due to heat and health concerns and the fourth place showing was just ten points out of third.

Senior Shelby Shrader led the SU women, placing eighth overall in a time of 16:02.  Emily Miller crossed line in 13th breaking the tape in 16:50. The pack of Aislynn Smith, Sarah Mann, and Alexandra Caljean rounded out the scoring for the Hornets placing 31st, 32nd and 33rd overall. Smith finished the course in 17:35.4 with Mann clocking a time of 17:37.7 and Caljean finishing in 17:38.2.

Kayla McGhee (18:08.54), Shannon Meyer (18:54.7), and Meredith Holding (19:55.1) rounded out the women finishers.

Host Washington and Lee University won the women's meet with 36 points. Roanoke was second and Lynchburg third.

In the men's race, which was competed in temperatures above 90 degrees, sophomore Justin Mehrer paced the Hornets with a 17th place showing. Mehrer had a 29:45.2 over the 8,000-meter loop.

Ray Parsons was 32nd, Matthew Horton 33rd, Winston Davis 56th and Zachary Barton 74th to complete the men's scoring runners.

Matthew Gussiaas, Adam Gleissner, Ansel Borhauer, Naol Bayissa and Xzavier Stelly also competed in the men's race.

Host W&L won the men's race with Lynchburg second and Bridgewater third.

"The team ran well as we are preparing for the championships in late October," head coach Andy Marrocco said.  "We went in the with a plan and the women executed properly."

Both teams are off for next week and return to action on Saturday, September 24 in hosting the Hornet Harrier Invitational and Commonwealth Challenge at Kernstown Battlefield.