GREENSBORO - The St. Andrews University cross country teams both ran against NCAA Division I, II and III competition over the weekend at the Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro and finished with decent results.
The men’s team ended up coming in third place out of six NCAA Division II and NAIA teams, as they were led by freshman Danzel Jefferson’s second place finish in Division II (out of 44 runners) as he ran a 27:01 in the 8K race, just four seconds behind the winner from UVA-Wise.
Finishing second on the team for the Knights was sophomore Cannon Heath who ran a time of 29:19 to come in 14th overall while freshman Justin Brown came in right behind in 15th at 29:34. They were then followed by junior Tyler Beaver who came in 25th with a time of 31:19 while freshman Chase Kopp finished up the Knights scoring in 29th place in 32:43. The other Knight to finish was freshman Michael Hare who came in 34th with a time of 34:10.
Pfeiffer University won the event with 36 points by having all five of their runners in the top 10. UVA-Wise was next in second place with 44 points including three of the top four finishers, followed by SAU in third with 81, Catawba in fourth with 96, Fairmont St. in fifth with 114 and Bluefield St. in sixth with 152 points.
The Lady Knights finished in fourth place out of the same six teams in Division II with 76 points. SAU was led by the fourth-place finish of sophomore Kaitlyn Stempien who came in with a time of 21:21 while freshman Morgan Tedder finished next in 15th at 22:47.
Freshman Kara Thornton was third on the team with her 17th place finish with a time of 23:09 while senior Karlee Arnold finished 19th with a 23:17 time. Freshman Ashley Barrera finished up the scoring for the Knights with her 21st placement with a time of 23:30. Other Lady Knights to race were sophomore Emily Scott who came in 27th at 24:28 and senior Rebecca Yuswak who set a career personal best with a time of 25:12 in 36th place.
Winning the women’s race for Diviosn II was Pfeiffer University with 34 points as they had the top two finishers of the race including the individual champion Cori Newton from nearby Scotland High School who finished with a time of 20:29. Catawba finished 2nd with 70 points and they were closely followed by Fairmont St. and SAU in third and fourth with 73 and 76 points respectively while UVA-Wise came in fifth and Bluefield St. brought up the rear.
The cross country team is next in action this Friday as they travel to Charlotte to compete at the Royals Challenge, hosted by former rival Queens University.