Eagles Run Away From Field at Chick-fil-A Invite
WILMORE, Ky. – The Asbury cross country teams wrapped up the Chick-fil-A Invitational with two impressive wins. The women cruised to the top spot in the three-team field with the top three individual finishers and seven of the top nine. The men placed four runners in the top 10 in defeating the three-team field.
Freshman Kim Miller won the 5K race for the women, finishing in a time of 21:28, 24 seconds ahead of second place finisher Justine Vonderheide, also from Asbury. Christina Williams finished third with a time of 22:56 as the Eagles swept the first three spots in the race.
It was nearly a perfect meet for the Eagles as the women finished with 18 points, outdistancing Kentucky State (54 points) and Indiana East (64 points). Both Kentucky State and IU East placed only one runner in front of Asbury’s top seven runners.
Freshman Madison Gaither placed fifth for the Eagles, posting a time of 23:57. Sarah Moe, Beth Crist and Julia Chin rounded out the top seven for Asbury, placing 7th-9th.
The men’s race was quite a bit closer on the team side but the Eagles prevailed with four top-10 finishers and seven in the top-14. Freshman Caleb Mootispaw led the way for Asbury, finishing second in 18:31. IU East’s Seth Prince paced the field with a 17:49 time. Eric Sanders was right behind teammate Mootispaw in third, posting a 19:02.
The next three finishers for the Eagles were all freshman as David Smith, Todd Yoder and Seth Hayes took 6th, 10th and 12th respectively. Taylor Diehl and Kale Bandy finished out the top seven for the Eagles in 13th and 14th place.
Asbury recorded a team score of 31 points as IU East scored 43 and Kentucky State recorded 54.
Both the men and women will be in action again next Saturday, September 8, at Centre College in Danville.