Saturday, August 30, 2014

KU cross country wins in opener


Kansas University opened its cross country season with two team victories and an individual triumph in the Bob Timmons Dual Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

Red-shirt freshman and Lawrence High graduate Grace Morgan moved in front near the midway point of the race and never looked back for her first victory at Kansas.

Jacob Morgan took second place for the men’s team. The Jayhawks’ men’s and women’s squads both finished first.

Kansas went 2-3-4 in the men’s race. Morgan was followed by Tyler Yunk in third and Chris Melgares in fourth. Brandon Bernal placed 12th, followed by Juan del Azar 13th, Jack McDonald 22nd, Adel Yoonis 25th, Ben Brownlee 26th and Logan Sloan 30th.

In the women’s race, Morgan easily outran second-place and defending champion Samantha Watson of Oral Roberts. Morgan won with a time of 18:49.1; Watson was second in 19:19.6.

In the men’s race, Morgan, a junior transfer from Colorado State originally from Topeka, finished in 19:16.2 in his first outing as a Jayhawk. Winner Sylvester Barus of Iowa Western ran a time of 18:21.6.

Other Jayhawk women’s placings included Jennifer Angles third, Rachel Simon fourth, Kelli McKenna sixth, Hannah Dimmick seventh, Rachael Schaffer eighth, Sarah Kelly 11th, Julia Dury 13th and Jasmine Edwards 15th.


Jonathan Allison 6 years, 2 months ago

Congrats to KU XC!

Just as an FYI to the JW Staff reporters, the distance is important is this type of article.

Women ran 5K, men ran 6K.

For a man to finish in 19 minutes he would have to average a pace of about 5:06 per mile. Those are far from elite times, but certainly nothing to scoff at for competitors as young as 18-23 y/o. I've never come close to running that pace for even a single mile, but I'm proud of my marathon and half marathon finishes none-the-less.

Serious distance runners probably begin their prime in the mid 20s, but due to the nature of the sport can extend their prime well into the mid to upper 30s with proper training habits. There are lots of runners in their 40s and 50s who can still compete with the younger runners because straight line endurance running requires far less power and agility than team sports.

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