Jimeno clocks second-best JSU 5K time, men PR in Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C. – Freshman Bethelhem Manzano Jimeno continued her dominant stretch in the first part of the Jacksonville State cross country season, finished sixth overall at the Queen City Invite with the second-best time in school history.
Jimeno turned in a mark of 17:45.0 to jump up two second-place on JSU’s all-time women’s 5K list. The Balsareny, Spain, native, previously clocked the sixth fastest 5K time one week ago in Huntsville, Alabama. Now, her newest mark stands just nine seconds behind Giselle Slotboom’s 2011 school record of 17:36.
The Gamecock women as a whole had a strong showing with a ninth-place team finish in the field of 32 teams. Behind Manzano in sixth, senior Sarah Jaloma finished 48th (18:55), followed by junior Elizabeth Wetmore with a 19:15.95 for 64th. Trinity Schraudner and Carlie Benefield were also among the top 100 in a field of more than 260 competitors.
JSU’s ladies improved their team average by 28 seconds, finishing just behind Liberty and Troy.
On the men’s side, more than 300 individuals hit the course as Jax State came home 11th overall out of 34 teams.
Senior Alex Kitum, whose personal record ranks ninth of the school’s all-time 8K list, improved his career mark to 25:17.23 to lead JSU. Freshman Rodrigo Fraga followed in 57 th, ahead of Taylor Gibson, Kyle Boyd and Mason McMahon, who all set new PRs on Friday. The men’s scorers trimmed their team average by nearly a minute and half. Their 11th place finish just narrowly missed the top 10 behind Coastal Carolina, but place just ahead of in-state rival Troy in 12th.
“It was another great chance to grow as a team,” said head coach Matthew Boone. “I was very proud of everyone. Watching them learn to race together and improve with more training makes me really excited for the next couple of years. This group will be the foundation of our success in the next couple of years.”
JSU returns to action on October 16 at the UAB Blazer Classic in Birmingham.

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