In what is being dubbed the NAIA Preview Meet, McPherson and Bethany Colleges, as well as nearly 30 other NAIA institutions, competed at the always difficult Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence on Saturday.
The 2013 National Cross-County Champions for the NAIA are scheduled at Rim Rock for November 23rd.
"I was pleased with how both teams battled today, coming out with a few PRs,"McPherson coach Cameron Magnall said. "Both teams ran a little short handed after a week of illnesses."
MC's women were led by senior standout Aspen Frey who was the lone 'Dog to crack the top-100. She finished 76th with a time of 19:55.92.
Miranda Clark was the second Bulldog to finish at 21:41.00. Grace Viuhkola and Heidi Lyne were 206th and 207th at 22:26.48 and 22:27.55, respectively. Rounding out the Bulldog top-five was Erika Doty crossing at 22:34.24.
The Bethany women finished 30th out of 34 teams. Freshman Elizabeth Benoit ran a lifetime personal best, finishing 202nd with a time of 22:17.16.
Freshman Araceli Aburto also ran a lifetime personal best with a 250th finish at 24:51.48. Freshman Macey Dinkel ran a 26:23.75, good for 255th place and a lifetime personal record.
Freshman Cally Albers finished 263rd at 27:40.93, followed by freshman Cassandra Kuipers in 265th at 29:30.56 for a lifetime personal record.
"The girls really came to compete [Saturday]," Bethany assistant coach Aaron Yoder said. "We are still running with a lot of fatigue due to the training but I was pleased that they focused the whole race. I was incredibly happy that we had four lifetime personal records on the female side."
In the men’s race, Kwan "Angus" Leung was the first Bulldog to cross the line, doing so at 27:29.24.
He was followed by Chris Le and Dixon Cooney who finished at 28:05.85 and 28:13.56, respectively. This was Le's first race of the season.
Kurt Katzdorn (28:49.36) and Chris Newell (28:58.76) finished up the first five for McPherson.
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For the Swedes, Junior Jeremiah Gerardy ran a lifetime personal best with a time of 26:18.40, finishing 42nd.
Senior Jordan Dahlke finished 159th at 28:14.15, and sophomore Zach Hartwell was 188th at 29:02.90.
Senior William Nez, III finished 219th with a time of 29:42.73, followed by freshman Taylor Plante in 241st place at 30:45.31, marking a lifetime personal best for Plante.
"We had a good day of performances as six individuals ran lifetime personal best marks and many of the others ran seasonal bests," Swede head coach Robert Spies said. "I could not be more proud of the effort these young men and women put into this race as well as the entire year thus far. The team is rounding out the backside of the season and they are really coming together nicely as a team."
Page 2 of 2 - Both schools are off for a couple weeks before they head to Winfield Oct. 26 for the NAIA Mid-States Classic hosted by Southwestern College.
This will give Mac and the Swedes a chance to see the course where the KCAC Championships are being held this year.