Kansas University senior Josh Munsch ran to his first collegiate victory and helped lead the Jayhawks’ men’s cross country team to its second win of the season Saturday at the Rim Rock Classic.
The KU men had five runners finish inside the top 10 to tally 19 points in the meet held at Kansas’ home course, Rim Rock Farm. The Jayhawk women amassed 20 points to claim the runner-up finish in the team standings.
Munsch finished with a time of 24:20.83.
KU junior Reid Buchanan was second in 24:25.70. Junior Evan Landes (24:27.94) took third, junior James Wilson (24:54.32) was fifth, and freshman Tyler Yunk (25:29.90) finished 10th. Rounding out KU’s top-seven finishers were freshman Alexandre Lavigne, 12th in 25:31.06, and junior Brendan Soucie, 16th in 25:41.50.
In the women’s race, KU sophomore Hannah Richardson finished with a 6K career best of 21:17.13 for seventh place. Behind her was senior Natalie Becker, who clocked a time of 21:55.49 to take 10th.
KU freshmen and twin sisters Malika and Nashia Baker were the next Jayhawks to come down the finishing chute and crossed the finish line with identical times of 22:17.74 to finish in a tie for 14th.