SIUE Men Finish 4th at Greater Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The SIUE men's cross country team had all but one runner set a personal best during a 4th-place finish of 33 competing teams in the blue division at the 10th Annual Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
"With so many PR's this was a step forward and you can't ask for more than that," said SIUE Head Coach Eileen McAllister. "It was definitely another step in the right direction."
The Cougars were led by senior Marc Amarillas on a beautiful day for running according to Coach McAllister. The Quincy native finished the 8,000-meter race in 25 minutes, 43.97 seconds placing 29th overall out of 285 total runners.
Junior Aaron Werths beat his previous best by more than 14 seconds as he placed 41st overall with a time of 25:54.37.
Right on his heels was Shawn Dillard. The Cougar senior's time of 25:55.80 was 20 seconds faster than his previous best in an 8k race and placed him 44th overall.
"The guys were excited after running such a strong meet," said McAllister.
Even though sophomore J.D. Wynn did not run a personal best, he still finished with his second-fastest time in an 8k at 27:31.19.
SIUE was barely edged out by fellow Ohio Valley Conference member SEMO, who placed third, while it finished ahead of the OVC's UT Martin (20th), Morehead State (21st), and Austin Peay (26th).
"Today was good exposure of running in a big meet as we get ready to head to Bradley in a couple weeks," added McAllister.
The Cougars will next race in Peoria at the Bradley Classic October 14.