Trinity Cross Country Teams Set 14 New Personal Records at Paul Short Invite
by Sam Demmon, Sports Information Student Intern
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Trinity University men's and women's cross country teams put on an impressive performance at the Paul Short Invitational today. The Tiger women finished 31st with 789 points and the men 33rd with 830 points, but the real highlight was that all eight of the men and six of the eight women recorded new personal records.
In addition to achieving their new PRs, all eight members of the men's team made it onto the Trinity record books for 8k races. Two Tigers finished in Trinity's Top 10 with sophomore Will Salony (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) recording 25:22.3 for 4th place and senior Ben Whittemore (Jasper, Texas / Georgetown) recording a 25:41.8 finish for 8th place in the record book.
The middle of the pack was made up of sophomores Eli Karg (Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood) at 11th and William Welden (Atlanta, Ga. / Holy Innocents) at 16th all-time at Trinity, as well as junior Diego Flores (San Antonio, Texas / Great Hearts Monte Vista North) coming in a notch in front of Welden to make the top 15 in school history.
Sophomores Ryan Tresaugue (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) and Jackson White (Boerne, Texas / Boerne), along with first-year Nathaniel Trevino (San Antonio, Texas / Central Catholic) wrapped up the new records in spots 29-31 respectively.
First-year Gianna Keena (Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis) made her way onto the Trinity record books with a 23:07.8 finish and spot No. 22 on the women's 6k leaderboard. Junior Madison Habeck (Lake Jackson, Texas / Clute Brazoswood) finished at 23:18.7, almost five seconds faster than her previous personal best, and moved up two places in the Trinity record book to 26th.
Senior Elaine Kaster (Lewisville, Texas / Founders Classical) led the way for the Tiger women today, recording a 23:00.0 finish for her second-fastest career time - less than six seconds shy of a new PR.
Sophomores Ivanna Hargis (Garland, Texas / Richardson) and Ellie Herrick (Corpus Christi, Texas / Tuloso Midway), as well as first-year Josette Gurule (Santa Fe, N.M. / Academy for Technology and the Classics), also recorded new personal records at the Paul Short Invite.
"Both teams had strong performances against great competition today and in great conditions," said Head Coach Emily Daum. "The results showed fast times for our crew, with a tight pack on both sides. It was a good experience getting to compete in a field that size this early in the season. We learned a lot from this meet and I'm excited to see what we can do two weeks from now as we head to another big meet."
The remainder of the Tiger runners will compete in the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational, held at Live Oak City Park in San Antonio, tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.