Incredible cross country finish

Biola’s women and men’s teams performed brilliantly at the Charles Bowes Invitational.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

Among a grouping of 17 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the women’s team finished an astonishing second place at the Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University, just behind Northwest Christian University. The men’s team performed nearly as well, finishing in third place among 21 teams, losing out to University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.

The Charles Bowles Invitational is the most prestigious NAIA meet in the Northwest, and Biola’s runners performed up to the challenge.

In the men’s race, sophomore Miles Brubacher finished in ninth (24:52), trailed by freshman Gabe Plendcio in 20th spot with a 25:16. However, that mark proved good enough to set the record for any Biola freshman runner at the Charles Bowles Invitational.

Rounding out the top five finishers for Biola came sophomore Ryan Thompson (27th at 25:25), junior Timmy Wilson (50th at 25:56) and freshman Robbie Gleeson (67th at 26:04).

On the women’s side, their 5k distance hosted five runners who stayed grouped more than the men. Senior Lyndee Dawson finished at overall third with a time of 17:39. Sophomore Emily Ransom came in fourth at 17:40 and junior Hannah Hunsaker came sixth with a time of 17:47.

Junior Stephanie Croy and senior Alissa Murray came 20th and 21st with times of 18:30 and 18:31, respectively.

The Eagles have two weeks off before they head to the Cougar Challenge hosted by CSU San Marcos on Oct. 15.

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