Lions turn in Strong Performance at Louisville ClassicSeptember 29, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Mars Hill men’s cross country competed in the Louisville Classic Saturday, which featured over 120 teams and 2,000 runners from all NCAA divisions.
Three men’s races were run at the event. Mars Hill runners competed in the Men’s Blue and Men’s Silver races. The course for the event was the same course on which the Division I National Championship will be run. Overall, the men ran an average team time of 26:29.40- their best average of the season. That time was better than six Division I schools, including Vanderbilt and Marquette.
Competing in the Blue Race, Alex Griggs led the way with a personal-best time of 25:47.28, which was good enough for 40th overall. Griggs’ time was the fastest of all Division II Southeast Region runners at the event.
Cesar Reyes also placed in the top 100 of the Blue Race, finishing 96th with a time of 26:21.00. Eric Blackburn, Daniel Jezioranski and Derek Gibson rounded out the Lions’ top five in the Blue Race, with all three runners running sub-27-minute times.
Landon Minton turned in the top Mars Hill time in the Silver Race, placing 100th overall with a time of 28:46.46. Scott Jones, Nathan Wheeler, Ian Murphy and Hunter Townsend rounded out the Lions’ top five in the Silver Race.
Mars Hill will compete in the Royals Pre-Regional Challenge on Oct. 12 in Charlotte, N.C.