Tiger Cross Country Teams Enjoy Strong Start to 2022 Season
SAN ANTONIO – The Trinity men's and women's cross country teams opeend up the 2022 season at the University of the Incarnate Word Twilight, hosted at the Classics Elite Soccer Fields.
The women's team finished third overall in their 4K event and the men were fifth in the 6K race, but both Tiger teams were the top NCAA III competitors at the event. There were 17 women and 28 men representing Trinity in today's race.
Senior Elaine Kaster (Lewisville, Texas / Founders Classical) led a group of six Trinity women in the top 25 individually, finishing in 15:02.9 for 10th place and a new personal best time by nearly 18 seconds.
Sophomore Will Salony (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) was the top Tiger men's finisher with a seventh-place finish in a time of 18:52.6. He is the first member of the Trinity men's team to break 19 minutes in a 6K event.
Competing in her first collegiate race, first-year runner Gianna Keena (Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis) was just seven seconds behind her new teammate in 15:09.8 for a 12th-place finish. Her time is the third-fastest 4K time in the last four years for the Tigers.
Junior Madison Habeck (Lake Jackson, Texas / Clute Brazoswood) broke her personal record by nearly 18 seconds in finishing 16th, while sophomore Ivanna Hargis (Garland, Texas / Richardson) was 18th overall and shattered her previous PR by nearly 90 seconds in a time of 15:25.6
Junior Ellie Catron (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands Christian Academy) was 21st overall for Trinity, while senior Paige Tangney (Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier Township) rounded out the top 25 with a new personal-best time.
Four Trinity men's runners joined Salony in the top 27 of tonight's race, including senior Ben Whittemore (Jasper, Texas / Georgetown) who broke his personal record by just over 10 seconds and finished 14th with a time of 19:17.1 on Saturday.
Sophomore Jackson White (Boerne, Texas / Boerne) shattered his personal record by nearly 90 seconds with a time of 19:30.9 and a 21st-place finish. Junior Diego Flores (San Antonio, Texas / Great Hearts Monte Vista North) and sophomore Eli Karg (Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood) both broke their personal-bests as well in Friday night's competition. Flores was nearly a minute faster than his previous fastest time, while Karg was just shy of 19 seconds faster than his top time last year.
Thomas Melina-Raab (Austin, Texas / McCallum) was Trinity's top first-year with a time of 19:50.4, while sophomore William Welden (Atlanta, Ga. / Holy Innocents) picked up a new PR as well by less than a second with a time of 19:55.1.
"This was a great opening race for us," exclaimed Head Coach Emily Daum. "We're always looking to improve year over year and that was the case today. This is a young team, with a lot of potential improvement ahead of them, and I'm excited to see where they'll end up."
Both Tiger teams are back in action in just over two weeks at the Southwestern Invitational. The meet will be held Saturday, September 17, in Georgetown, Texas. The women will start things off at 8:00 a.m., followed by the men's team around 8:45 a.m.