ELSAH, Ill. - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) men's and women's cross country programs started their seasons off in fashion today at the Principia Home Opener hosted by Principia College. The North Farm XC Facility served as the venue for today's 6K/4K races.
For the second time in school history, both teams finished with first-place nods in the same invitational! They defeated Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Principia College, St. Charles Community College, and Blackburn College. Each team had freshmen competing in their first collegiate races (3 - men's, 6 - women's).
Zoe Trausch saw her first collegiate victory in the 4K race with a whopping time of 16:03.23.
Brennan Guido picked up where he left off at USCAA Nationals last season; he finished 3rd with a 6K time of 21:21.95.
Men's XC Results | 6K
3 | Brennan Guido | 21:21.95
7 | Jacob Turner | 22:47.52
8 | Parker Nuest | 22:52.01
9 | Brady Page | 22:57.04
10 | Carlos Davalos* | 23:10.34
18 | Levi Herb | 24:10.70
23 | Juan Delgado-Vasquez* | 25:01.30
28 | Wyatt Bales* | 26:07.52
31 | Ethan Collins | 26:48.04
*First Collegiate Race
As a team, the Pomeroys scored 33 points.
Full men's results can be found here.
Women's XC Results | 4K
1 | Zoe Trausch* | 16:03.23
2 | Breanna Barger | 16:07.27
3 | Kayla Coryea | 16:10.12
5 | Emily Truax | 16:38.07
6 | Kendyll Schulz | 16:39.52
8 | Kathryn White | 16:55.16
14 | Emma Fey* | 17:33.95 14
17 | Elyse Hunger* | 17:45.15
21 | Jozee Spatta | 18:26.16
22 | Patricia Henney* | 18:35.23
24 | Lilly VanderMel* | 18:50.59
25 | Celine Hornick | 18:55.18
28 | Brooke Stateler | 19:56.09
35 | Kirstin Ellis* | 22:28.19
*First Collegiate Race
As a team, The Woods scored 17 points
Full women's results can be found here.
Head Coach Zach Whitkanack...
"Both teams performed well today. Brennan Guido did a nice job upfront for us. After Guido, we had a great four man pack led by Jacob Turner. The women's team had a great pack led by Zoe Trausch. I was very pleased with their performance."
"I was so excited to run beside my teammates for the first time. My teammates all ran incredibly well and we were all able to push each other throughout the race. I can't wait to see how we improve as a team throughout the rest of the season."
"Great start to the season, I was a tough course but we all ran well. I'm excited to see what is in store for the team this season."
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