Cross country struggles at Coyote Challenge

The women’s team placed ninth and the men’s team placed tenth overall.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Mens Cross Country team begins their race.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

After putting on a powerful show in Friday’s meet, the Eagles flopped in the Coyote Challenge in San Bernardino, finding themselves on the opposite end of the rankings. The women placed ninth out of twelve while the men finished last, tenth out of ten.

Biola might have fallen in the standings, however, some runners set new season best times as well as other notable accomplishments.


The women were led by freshman Faith Grisham, who ran her first race of the 2019 season and placed 33rd with a time of 18:57.96. Teammate senior Shannon Howell followed closely behind in 46th place at a time of 19:15.84, a personal improvement from the Biola Invite. Junior Amelia DeYoung set her season best with a 59 second advance in time, 21:45.

The men all ran within the same pace of one another. Freshman Brendon Dowling finished at 26:26.5, junior Tanner Dutchover ended with a time of 27:00.7, freshman Aden Wiebers tapped out at 27:35.9, and freshman Houston Reese finished out the morning at 26:32.4. Reese improved his time by two whole minutes while Wiebers improved his own by over two and a half minutes.

The Eagles will search for redemption at the Capital Cross Country Challenge in Sacramento, California on Saturday Sept. 28 at 9:50 a.m.

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