Cross Country men prep for SIAC Championships

CLINTON, Miss. (October 10, 2021) – The Spring Hill College (SHC) men’s cross country team ran its final preparation meet of the 2021 season on Saturday morning at the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College at Choctaw Trails, finishing 15th out of 22 teams.

Versus a mix of NCAA and NAIA programs, the Badgers finished with 388 points and an average team time of 29:11 (2:25.59 total time) over the 8,000-meter course. The University of Texas-Tyler was the team champion with 75 points and an average time of 26:04 (2:10.23 total time).

Sophomore Will Tate of Edgewood, Ky. was the top Badger runner, shaving a full minute off his last mark and scoring 46 points in a time of 27:22.6, while freshman Harrison Weisinger of Mandeville, La. earned 76 points at 28:58.3. Bradley Makuvire of Southeastern Louisiana was the winner in 23:50.8 to lead the field of 170 runners.

Sophomore TJ Gennari of Chelsea, Ala., scored 84 points while freshman Myles Cook of Spanish Fort, Ala. scored 88 points at 29:52.3 and junior Brian Pempel of Spanish Fort added 94 points at 30:27.7.

Other Badger competitors included freshman Ridge Chautin of Slidell, La. at 31:18.4; freshman Thomas Monier of Belle Chasse, La. at 35:23.0; and freshman Curtis Laurent of New Orleans, La. who finished in 36:11.5.

After the meet, SHC head coach Craig McVey praised his team’s improvements. “We raced much better than a week ago,” he said. “We are still very young – that doesn’t change in a week, but we made a lot of progress in how we have to race, what we do during a race, and our in-race mindset. We had a number of personal bests, so that in itself is a lot of progress. We’re under two weeks to prep for our conference meet and we’ll use each day well.”

The Badgers will next compete at the 2021 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Cross Country Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, October 22.

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