CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State cross country team will continue the 2018 season this weekend, making the short trip south for the Tommy Evans Invitational. The women's race is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start on Saturday, September 8 at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, Ohio.
LAST TIME OUT
Cleveland State finished fourth as a team at the Duquesne Duals, with three individuals finishing in the top-20. Sophomore Anna Brandt led the Vikings with a second place overall finish in a time of 18:30, while Jessica Finley placed 14th (19:28) and Lily Michael finished 18th (19:38) in her collegiate debut.
BRANDT NAMED #HLXC RUNNER OF THE WEEK
For her performance at the Duquesne Duals, Anna Brandt was named the Horizon League Runner of the Week, becoming just the third Viking to earn the weekly honor over the last four years. Brandt's time of 18:30 is the fifth fastest time in the CSU Record Book and marks her fifth sub 19-minute time out of six 5K's during her collegiate career.
VIKING NEWCOMERS MAKE COLLEGIATE DEBUTS
Last weekend's 5K marked the first collegiate race for a handful of Vikings, as Lily Michael, Grace Holmes, Graicen Riley, Kenzie Baker, and Heather McArdle all competed for the first time in a Viking uniform. Below is a complete list of 5K times for all of the newcomers:
HUDSON ERA BEGINS
The Duquesne Duals marked the first race in the Jason Hudson era at Cleveland State, as Hudson began his first season at the helm of the cross country program. Hudson joined the Vikings last spring following the retirement of former head coach Joe Jaketic, and brings with him over 20 years of coaching experience.
2018 CLEVELAND STATE CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE
Saturday's 5K will mark the second of six events for the Vikings this season, and the second of three events this month. This will also be the first of two events at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, Ohio, as this year's All-Ohio Championship will also take place on the course.