WINGATE — The St. Andrews University cross country men’s team had its best finish of the year Saturday in the Wingate Bulldog Stampede at Wingate University.
The men’s team ended up coming in fourth place out of nine, by far their best finish of the year. The Knights were led by Danzel Jefferson’s 11th place overall finish (out of 67 runners) as he ran a 29:05 in the 8K race (4.97 miles).
Next for the Knights was freshman Ryan Hughart who came in 23rd with a time of 30:04, followed by fellow freshman Justin Brown who came in 26th at 30:25. Junior Tyler Beaver was next in 31st with a time of 30:47 while sophomore Cannon Heath finished up the Knights scoring in 35th place in 31:01. Freshman Michael Hare who came in 50th with a time of 33:37.
UNC-Pembroke won the event with 23 points by having three of the top five finishers, followed by Pfeiffer and Wingate in second and third and the Knights in fourth with 124 points.
On the women’s side, the Lady Knights finished in 9th at the Stampede 5K.
The Knights had some heavy competition as Wingate University, UNC Pembroke, Pfeiffer University, Francis Marion, Carson Newman, Catawba, Coker and Johnson C. Smith were all competing.
SAU’s sophomore Kaitlyn Stempien finished highest, 25th out of the 71 runners with a time of 22:09 and was followed soon after by freshman Kara Thornton with a time of 23:02 in 37th while freshman Morgan Tedder took 38th with a time of 23:03.
Other Knights that finished were freshman Ashley Barrera who came in 45th with a time of 24:11 while senior captain Karlee Arnold finished in 52nd at 25:24 to place fifth on the team. Senior Rebecca Yuswak then came in 53rd with a time of 25:31 to finish close behind her teammate. Sophomore Emily Scott then came in 58th at 26:00.
The Knights finished with 197 points, just five behind Coker in eigth place. Wingate Gold took first place with 23 points and five competitors placing in the top 10, while runner-up, UNCP, had 42 points and three top-10 athletes. .
The cross country team returns to action this Saturday as they travel to the Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro.