Cross country falls behind at Titan Invite

Men’s and women’s teams struggle to maintain top 50 spots, but remained in the top 100.

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Cross country falls behind at Titan Invite

Courtesy of Biola Athletics

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Vanessa Morales, Freelance Writer

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The Eagles competed in their seventh meet of the season hosted by the California State Fullerton Titans on Friday afternoon. The men’s team struggled as their rankings ranged from 75-103, ending the night with 215 points. The women’s team also faced a tough group of runners as they ranked between 43-84. 

MAINTAINING THE COURSE

The men struggled to compete at a high level. They were led by freshman Houston Reese, who finished with a time of 28:01.53. The next four runners finished within one minute and 10 seconds of each other. Freshman Aden Wiebers finished at 28:10.92, ranked 78th among the 141 runners. To add to their 219 points this event, sophomore Joshua Oglesby’s time was 28:43.53, followed closely by freshman Brendan Dowling with an ending time of 28:51.13. They placed 96th and 97th, respectively. Placing shortly after the top 100 was senior Chris Campbell who had a finishing time of 29:11.19. 

The women were not able to register a score since they only had four runners competing. Senior Crystal Jardines had a time of 20:41.04 and finished 43rd among 98 runners in the 5k race. Senior Taylor Lawsen finished at 22:14.23, her first race since the season-opener. She was followed closely by her younger sister, freshman Kaylie Lawson, who crossed the finish line at 23:29.35. Junior Amelia DeYoung finished 20 seconds behind Kaylie, ending with 23:49.90. 

The Eagles will compete in the PacWest Championship hosted by Biola in Fullerton, California on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.