WINFIELD — The Bethany College cross country teams were back in action this weekend, running in the NAIA Mid-States Classic hosted by Southwestern College. The Bethany women finished 11th overall, while the men finished 14th.
On the women's side, the Swedes were led by senior Melissa Olson, who landed in 34th with her seasonal best time of 20:12.4. Sophomore Katelynn Adam came next for the Swedes, running a course best time of 21:41.6. Also besting her season time was junior Elyse Bergquist with her time of 24:09.4, along with junior Linda Martinez running a 29:37.3, which topped her past time by four-and-a-half minutes.
Three Bethany women earned a lifetime best in the race. Sophomore Katelynn Adam was the second runner in the line of Swedes with her time of 21:41.6, and freshmen Destiny Dyson and Cassidy Kuehl ran times of 25:32.8 and 28:00.0 respectively.
"I was very impressed with our female squad running seven strong women and placing high," Swedes head coach Aaron Yoder said. "I want to highlight Katelynn Adam, who ran over two minutes faster for the season and over a minute better on the course — it is a product of hard work and commitment. All the women ran exceptional with strong kicks. That's why they finished 11th out of 26 teams coming off of a tough week!"
Leading the men's squad was freshman Jamall Theodile, who ran a season best time of 28:16.7. Also running a season best time was sophomore Curtis Ivanoff with his time of 28:36.3, and sophomore Teylyr Wheeles with his time of 30:37.3 — this was also a course best time for Wheeles. In addition to Wheeles, two other Swedes ran a course best time in the race; junior Samuel Frost ran a time of 28:55.6 and senior Ivan Perez ran a time of 29:14.2. For Frost and Perez, these times were also their lifetime best.
Also earning a lifetime best time were freshmen Ajay Dandu and Blaine Keith with times of 29:50.3 and 32:12.6 respectively.
"The men's team ran the fastest five-man average of 28:51 in the past six seasons. We are on our way and we are only going to get better,” Yoder said. “They always work together with a teammate but the more we can stay as a pack the better we will be,”
The teams compete next in the KCAC Conference Championships on Nov. 4. This race is hosted by the Swedes at Rolling Acres Country Club in between McPherson and Lindsborg.