Salony Smashes School-Record 8k; Cross Country Battles National Competition in Illinois
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Trinity University Cross Country saw a 23-year school-record fall in the men's eight-kilometer event at Augustana College's Interregional Invitational as sophomore Will Salony (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) throttled the program mark by over 30 seconds at 24:43.4.
Junior Ben Whittemore (Jasper, Texas / Georgetown) also bested the former school-record with a 25:13.7 mark as the men's squad finished 14th overall in the highly-competitive NCAA III field comprised of nationwide entries.
The Trinity women one-upped the men, finishing 13th overall led by senior Elaine Kaster's (Lewisville, Texas / Founders Classical) career-best six-kilometer run of 22:28.7, good for the best individual finish on the day for the Tigers at 43rd.
Junior Ellie Catron (The Woodlands, Texas / Woodlands Christian) backed up her senior teammate from the 70th spot as the second of four Trinity women to finish inside the top-100 of the field, in 22:51.4. Sophomore Ivanna Hargis (Garland, Texas / Richardson) posted a personal-best 23:08.4 to finish 91st, followed by Tiger rookie Gianna Keena (Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis) in 99th at 23:16.7.
Alongside Salony who finished 47th, and Whittemore who finished 78th, junior Diego Flores (San Antonio, Texas / Great Hearts Monte Vista North) collected the 98th spot in the men's field in a personal-best 25:29.5.
"The team performed very well today," Head Coach Emily Daum said. "Both teams drastically lowered their team average competing against the best in Division III."
"It was an extra special day on the men's side with both Ben and Will cracking a 23 year-old school-record," Daum continued. "I couldn't be more proud of those two. I'm excited to see how the teams do as we head into the championship season."
Trinity Cross Country will go idle for two weeks in preparation for the 2022 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on the campus of Southwestern University, October 29 in Georgetown, Texas.