Becky Clark and Kelly Sraj each turned in a personal-best time in leading the Xavier women to a second place finish.
Sept. 10, 2005
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - For the second time in as many weeks, freshmen Luke Beuerlein and Becky Clark turned in the top finishes for the Xavier men's and women's cross country teams, respectively, as the Musketeers played host to the Second Annual Xavier Invitational at Voice of America Park. Xavier's men claimed second place in the five-team field with 52 points while the women's team grabbed runner-up honors in the four-team field with 44 points. Ohio State claimed the team titles in both races as OSU's men totaled 15 points and the women finished in first with 28 points.
"I am extremely pleased with the team's effort today, we built on our successes of last week and ran a great race against some very good competition," said head coach Steve Nester. "Having a team like Ohio State at our race helped to bring out the best in our team and I know that we will continue to improve as we look to finish in the top four next week at Notre Dame."
Beuerlein led the Xavier men as the freshman turned in an eighth place finish in the 5K race with a time of 15:55.62. Sophomore Ben Milroy shaved 46 seconds off last week's time with a 10th place finish in 16:09.31. Freshman Aaron Smith was XU's No. 3 finisher in 16:31.01 followed in by Mike Hammersmith at 16:31.32. Clinton Womack was the final scorer for the Musketeers as the freshman from Lawrenceville, Ga. finished 15 in 16:56.34.
"We had a good race today, people really stepped up the effort in practice last week and it led to an improved performance," said Beuerlein. "We came into today's race wanting to show improvement and I think we demonstrated that by having our top four runners finish in front of Ohio's top two."
On the women's side, Clark and Kelly Sraj each set personal bests in leading the Musketeers to their second place finish. Clark finished third with a new personal-best time of 18:50.01, breaking her previous best of 19:06 set just last week. Sraj was right on Clark's heels as the junior claimed fourth place in a personal-best time of 18:54.35. Freshman Amy Sanders was the third Musketeer across the finish line with an 11th place finish in 20:08.04. Joanna Gruber finished 12th with a time of 20:17.94 and freshman Danna Deans was the final counter for Xavier in 14th at 20:31.93.
"I went out at a much better pace today and I felt really good throughout the entire race," said Clark. "It was a big help to have a great runner like Kelly Sraj right along with me because we were able to work together and it led to a great team performance."
The Xavier men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Sept. 14, for the National Catholic Championships hosted by the University of Notre Dame.