Cross country starts the season off with a win

The Eagles finished second and fourth at the Biola Invitational.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

Courtesy of Biola Athletics
Men of the Biola Cross Country team race their way to the finish line.
Courtesy of Biola Athletics
Biola Womens’ Cross Country starts off the race strong.

Men’s and women’s cross country traveled to Fullerton Saturday morning to compete in the Biola Invitational. Both teams excelled in competition. The men finished second overall while the girls finished strong in fourth place against numerous well-respected teams.

Senior Gabe Plendcio was the star of the show, finishing first in the men’s 8k with a time of 25:16.1. Teammate senior Ryan Thompson followed in the spotlight by placing second overall in the same race with a time of 25:21.5. Sophomore Brady DeHaven placed 11th in the men’s 8k at 25:43.3 and sophomore Jared Donnel came in 15th at 25.49.2.

The combination of strong Eagles times brought the team to 53 points which placed them in second overall.

The women stayed in the race with junior Mackenna Mason leading her team to fourth place overall. Mason finished in the top tier of athletes, finishing fifth in the women’s 5k with a time of 18:30.1. Sophomore Grace Catena finished 16th in the 5k at a respectable time of 18:43.97. Senior Kaili Waller finished the race at 19:10.7. Freshman Caroline Stetina rounded out the day with a time of 19:39.1.

The Eagles will hit the track again on Sept. 20 in Monmouth, Oregon at the Sundowner Invitational, time TBA.

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