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Trinity Cross Country Sweeps the Competition at the Southwestern Showdown

POSED: Will Salony (left) and Gianna Keena (right) are posing with congratulatory t-shirts after winning the Southwestern Showdown

GEORGETOWN, Texas – The Trinity University men's and women's cross country teams swept both the team and individual titles at the Southwestern University Showdown on Saturday morning – including a perfect team score by the Tiger women's team.

Trinity won by more than 40 points on the women's side, as the Tigers claimed eight of the top 10 individual finishes – including each of the first six runners. In the men's race, Trinity snagged seven of the top nine spots and finished with a team score of 20. The Tigers won by nearly 30 points over the closest team, and McMurry University was the runner-up in both the men's and women's races.

First-year Gianna Keena (Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis) won the women's race, while sophomore Will Salony (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) took top honors for the men. Keena finished in 23:43.5 to win by nearly three seconds, while Salony just missed his personal best with a time of 26:22.4.

Keena was followed by sophomore Ivanna Hargis (Garland, Texas / Richardson) in second with a time of 23:46.4, and junior Ellie Catron (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands Christian Academy) hit the line at 23:58.4 for third place. Rounding out the perfect score were junior Madison Habeck (Lake Jackson, Texas / Clute Brazoswood) in fourth and senior Lynzie Kutsner (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Rampart) in fifth place. Sophomore Ellie Herrick (Corpus Christi, Texas / Tuloso Midway) beat her previous personal record by nearly 20 seconds and finished in sixth place. First-year Josette Gurule (Santa Fe, N.M. / Academy for Technology and the Classics) and senior Paige Tangney (Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier Township) were ninth and 10th individually.

Senior Ben Whittemore (Jasper, Texas /Georgetown) was just seconds behind Salony to earn a second-place finish, missing his PR by just over 13 seconds. Junior Diego Flores (San Antonio, Texas / Great Hearts Monte Vista North) posted a new personal-best time of 26:55.1 to finish in fourth place. Sophomore Eli Karg (Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood) was just over three seconds off his personal record in sixth place, followed by fellow sophomore Jackson White (Boerne, Texas / Boerne) in seventh place. Another pair of sophomores in Ryan Tresaugue (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) and William Welden (Atlanta, Ga. / Holy Innocents) rounded out Trinity's top-10 finishers in eighth and ninth place, respectively.

Trinity's women also had a total of 12 runners in the top 20, with first-year Grace Etzel (Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood), senior Maia Dykstra (Asotin, Wash. / Asotin), and sophomores Elizabeth Thompson (Dallas, Texas / The Cambridge School) and Elizabeth McLauchlin (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) all joining their teammates.

In addition to the seven men's runners in the top nine, the Tigers also had 11 total in the top 20 finishers. First-year Nathaniel Trevino (San Antonio, Texas / Central Catholic), junior Joseph Herlin (Ft. Worth, Texas / Boswell), and first-years Sebastian Langer (Houston, Texas / Clear Lake) and Sergey Dutt (Plain City, Ohio / Alder) were top-20 individuals in today's race.

Coach Speak

"I'm really proud of the team today," said Head Coach Emily Daum. "These were the toughest conditions we've had to race in in quite some time. The heat, humidity, and challenging course made the times slower than expected, but they competed well. Taking seven of the top ten spots for the men and eight for the women is a testament to the depth of the teams this year. Getting a perfect score on the women's side was the cherry on top of a great day."

Up Next

Trinity will be off next week before competing in a pair of events in two weeks. Some members of the men's and women's teams will be at the Paul Short Invite in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, September 30. The rest of the Tiger runners will compete at the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational on Saturday, October 1, at nearby Live Oak City Park.