PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Cleveland State cross country team opened the 2018 campaign Saturday morning, competing at the Duquesne Duals for the their first of six races this season.
"I'm very happy with how the team performed today," head coach Jason Hudson said. "Through the first few weeks of practice our focus has been running in packs, and we executed that fairly well today on a very hilly course. Anna picked up right where she left off last year, running a very good race today and finishing strong down the stretch. I am very excited for the rest of the season, as we still have work to do and room to grow."
The Vikings, who had three top-20 finishers, were led by sophomore Anna Brandt who placed second overall with a time of 18:30. Brandt's time marked the third sub 19-minute 5K of her career, and was just shy of her career-best.
Jessica Finley and Lily Michael recorded the other top-20 finishes for Cleveland State, as Finley placed 14th overall with a time of 19:28 and Michael finished 18th with a time of 19:38 in her first collegiate race.
[Cleveland State's top-20 finishers - Finley, Michael, Brandt]
The Vikings will be back in action next Saturday (September 8), as they make the short trip south to Norton, Ohio for the Tommy Evans Invitational. The women's race is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start at the Silver Creek Metro Park Cross Country Trails.
Duquesne Duals Results
2. Anna Brandt, 18:30
14. Jessica Finley, 19:28
18. Lily Michael, 19:38
28. Olivia Hammons, 20:07
29. Grace Holmes, 20:13
32. Kylie Scott, 20:25
38. Abbey Rojeck, 20:49
42. Graicen Riley, 21:14
45. Samantha Meyer, 21:30
46. Kenzie Baker, 21:31
48. Heather McArdle, 21:42