Charleston, IL – The Lincoln College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at The Walt Crawford Invite hosted by EIU in Charleston, IL over the weekend.  The meet featured five NCAA D-1 teams and three NJCAA teams.  In the NJCAA division, the women’s team took second place while the men’s team was third.

Leading the way for the women’s squad was Sala Hanne (East Moline, IL) who finished in 37th place overall.  Other runners in the top five for the Lynx were Deanna Anglin (Chicago, IL) 46th place, Jasmine Brooks (Joliet, IL) 58th place, Markayla Rodgers (Riverdale, IL) 60th place, and Amber Pierce (Calumet Park, IL) 68th place.

Leading the way for the men’s squad was Austin Webster (East Moline, IL) who finished in 27th place overall.  Others in the Lynx team top five were Spencer Mellow (Palm Coast, FL) 59th place, Brayden Batterton (Delavan, IL) 72nd place, Zach Podunajec (Lincoln, IL) 83rd place, and Eduardo Lopez (Rantoul, IL) 87th place.

Coach Herron said, “This was an important meet for us in many ways.  The most important way at this point is that we learned we have to run our own races.  To many of our athletes went out too fast and it had a huge impact on their performances.  Another important lesson they learned is that the race can feel like it speeds up the second half of the race and they have to be ready for that.  This is also where we will have our Region 24 meet so it was very valuable for them to really know the course for when we come back here in October.  I know that when we compete here again they will show significant signs of improvement.”

The team will race again on September 16 at the Bradley Intercollegiate in Peoria, IL at 5:00pm.