The Missouri Western Cross-Country team traveled to Lawrence, Kansas over the weekend to compete in the Rim Rock Classic. The women placed eighth while the men placed tenth out of 16 schools.
Although the men and women finished middle of the pack, many griffon runners set new personal records and ran much better than they did two weeks ago.
“It surprised me actually because we bumped the volume and intensity up this week,” assistant coach Cody Ingold said. “We are training through these next couple of meets so it wasn’t expected, to run well, but we did which is awesome.”
Sophomore Riley Gorham really stood out this week as he dropped three minutes off his time from his last meet! Gorham ran his 8k in 26:06.3 and finished 36 out of 189 runners.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to drop three whole minutes, at least right away,” Gorham said. “I just went out and ran like I was supposed to.”
Even more impressive is this was just Gorham’s second career meet after sitting out his entire freshman year. Only two meets in and he has set a very high bar for himself.
Not to go unnoticed, Junior Brandon Colner continued his impressive season by dropping nearly a minute off his time from last meet. Colner ran 26.24.6 and placed 47.
On the women’s side, sophomore Megan Gillen continues to lead the way. The women competed in their first 6k of the season and Gillen finished 32 overall out of 149 with a time of 23.22.8. Right on her tail was sophomore Allison Goos who finished 38 with a time of 23.34.2.
While to most of us, adding another kilometer to run does not sound ideal, Goos just sees it as more of an opportunity to improve her time.
“For me, I like the 6k better,” Goos said. “I can kind of restart at that 5k mark and kick it in towards the finish.”
Missouri Western has a short turn around as they travel to Emporia for the ESU Invitational. While racing in back-to-back weeks is not ideal, Coach Ingold wants to make sure his team knows the main focus is on the MIAA Conference Championships that happen the beginning of November.
“I do not expect us to be as good this week,” Coach Ingold said. “Going back to back (weeks) is hard. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if we did run well because we are young and hungry to compete. I think we are going to continue to get stronger, hopefully learn about the race process. The ultimate goal is to be ready by November third.”
Hopefully the Cross- Country team can continue to build towards that goal next week in Emporia.