Falkenberg Wins as Women Finish 2nd, Men 5th
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury cross country teams started their season Saturday, at their own Chik-fil-A Invitational. Not only was the course a challenge for the Eagles’ runners but also the weather as thunderstorms in the area postponed the start of the race numerous times.
Nonetheless, both teams pushed through the obstacles.
The women’s team finished the meet in second with a total score of 45, behind first place winners Hanover with 31 total points. The men’s team came in fifth with a score of 110. Campbellsville took the top three positions in the men's race, posting a score of 35, to take the top spot on the men's side.
For the women, freshman Katy Falkenberg crossed the finish line in front of all the other runners with a time of 20:35—winning the first race of her collegiate career. Falkenberg was followed closely by junior Justine Vonderheide with a time of 20:45 for a second place finish.
“I think they both will accomplish some big things this season,” head coach Randy Crist said of Falkenberg and Vonderheide. “Hanover College proved to be too strong for our team, but it was nice to get runner-up ahead of conference rival Brescia. We beat them handily, and that is want we want to do all season.”
The women’s team also received scoring finishes from Christina Williams, Carlie Core, Devon Gruver, Kim Miller, and Courtney Ashcraft to help the team to their second-place finish.
For the men senior Taylor Diehl came in first for the team with a time of 17:47, finishing ninth overall. The second finisher for the men was David Smith with a time of 18:39. Isaac Harrison, Caleb Woodard, Mason Lambert, Josh Lusk and Austin Reid also scored points for the men.
“I was excited for Taylor Diehl to run so well, taking almost two full minutes off of his time from last year’s marks,” Crist said of his top finishing male runner. “David Smith also ran a good race. It is good for the freshmen to get their first race in as I am confident that they will improve throughout the season.”
The Eagles return to the courses in two weeks as they travel to Centre College in nearby Danville for the Centre Invitational on September 14.