WC men, women run at Eagle Invitational

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WARRENVILLE, Ill. – The Wilmington College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed Friday at the Benedictine University Eagle Invitational.

The men finished seventh in the 16-team field while the women were represented by three freshmen and a sophomore in their first-ever 6K collegiate race.

For the women, freshman McKenzie Hamm led the way for the Fightin’ Quakers. She posted a 26:53.0 to earn 95th-place.

Fellow freshman Summer Doty finished right behind, earning 96th-place with a time of 25:57.3. Freshman Kelly Rice crossed the finish line third for the Fightin’ Quakers, earning 119th-place with a time of 28:03.4.

The final Fightin’ Quaker to complete the course was sophomore Kayla Thornberry. She ran in for 138th-place with a time of 29:33.9.

“We didn’t run our whole girls team because of sickness. I was really happy with our four runners, they competed very well. I’m proud of the team for putting last week behind us and running really well.”

Senior Hunter Stith led the Fightin’ Quakers in the 8000-meter run. Stith finished 23rd in a field of 175 runners, with a time of 27:23.2.

Freshmen Ryan Honkomp and Gage Clemens were next to cross the finish line. Their times of 28:02.2 and 28:07.2 earned them 33rd and 36th-place, respectively. Forty-first place was claimed by senior Cameron Erwin with a time of 28:17.8.

The final Fightin’ Quaker to score in the meet was sophomore Cameron Phelps who posted a 29:01.2 for 57th.

“Our men bounced back really well in some interesting weather conditions. I’m proud of the team for putting last week behind us and running well today.”

The Fightin’ Quakers take to their home course Friday for the JennaStrong Fall Classic.

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