Men's and Women's Cross Country Finish Fifth At Flyer 5K

The Musketeers look to build off a good performance at the Flyer 5K.

The Musketeers look to build off a good performance at the Flyer 5K.

Aug 31, 2013

KETTERING, Ohio- The Xavier University men's and women's cross country teams finished in fifth-place overall after an impressive first meet of the season at the Flyer 5K.

Freshman Jordan Shepherd highlighted the event for the men's team. Shepherd started out with a slower performance in the team time trial, but he turned it around and finished with a time of 16:27.4.

"Overall it was an OK first race for the freshman guys," stated head coach Ryan Orner. "They went out a little behind the pack through the first mile but competed hard during the final 400 meters of the race. Now that they have their first college race in the books, I'm expecting some big improvements."

The women's team jumped out to a fast start earning the Musketeers a solid fifth finish in the Flyer 5K. Freshman walk-on Delainey Burnett had the most impressive race today for the women after recording a total time of 20:02.3.

"Delainey is a great example of how hard work, determination and inner confidence can propel you to a spot on the varsity squad of one of the top girls teams in the region," stated Orner.

Freshman also led the way for the Musketeers as they finished in the top 3 spots. The Musketeer women jumped out to a fast start during the first 800 meters but eventually spread out during the final mile of the race.

"As with the guy's race, I wasn't concerned with the overall team place because we held out all of our top athletes," commented Orner. "They were a little fatigued from our pre-season so with that in mind, I think things went well."

Xavier returns home to Cincinnati and will host the Queen City Invitational on Friday, Sept. 6. Competition will begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at Kingswood Park in Mason, Ohio.



Team Scores:

1. Ohio State - 30 points
2. IUPUI - 42
3. Miami (Ohio) - 53
4. Dayton - 104
5. Xavier - 165
6. Wright State - 179
7. Northern Kentucky - 184

Xavier Results Men's Scorers:

Jordan Shepherd 16:27.4
Carter Macey 16.34.8
Aaron Peterson 16:40.4
Avery Campbell 16:46.5
Grant Parrelli 16:52.3

Women's Scorers:

Delainey Burnett 20:02.3
Lauren Francis 20:37.0
Caterina Karas 20:56.6
Emily Wolery 21:24.5
Kristen Barour 21:24.9
Haley Jerabek: 21:29.2
Emily Kuhn 21:57.3
Meghan Pryatel 23:20.4