UK Cross Country Impressive at Old Timer's Classic
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Four Kentucky runners finished in the race’s top 10 Saturday to highlight a successful day by the Kentucky Cross Country squads at the Old Timer’s Classic hosted by Western Kentucky University at Kereiakes Park. The women finished first out of 10 teams with a 33, while the men’s squad finished second with a 59 behind Eastern Kentucky’s 32.
“I was pleased with the way our men and women did today,” said Pat Tyson, assistant coach for distance and cross country. “We are trying with each race to gain more experience and continue gaining momentum heading into our conference meet in October. This was not an easy course, and none of our runners threw in the towel. Each of them gave it their all throughout the entire race.”
Sophomore Taylor Miller led the women’s squad with a personal-best 5K time of 17:37, while senior Georganne Way finished fourth with a time of 17:54, also a personal best in the 5K. Sophomore Andrea Halasek came in sixth with an 18:08, while junior Liliane Sparkes was ninth with a time of 18:19. Other finishers for UK included senior Emily King in 12th with a time of 18:32 and freshman Lindsay Petri in 31st (20:29).
On the men’s side, junior Andre Silva finished fifth with a time of 26:07 to lead the Wildcats. Following Silva, four UK runners finished consecutively with redshirt John Thompson (26:58) finishing 12th, sophomore Bruce Hordusky following in 13th place (27:05), sophomore Chris Long in 14th (27:20) and senior John Richardson finishing in 15th (27:23). Junior Stephan Smith rounded out the Wildcat lineup, finishing in 21st with a 28:30.
Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, September 30, when it travels to Louisville, Ky., to complete in the Greater Louisville Classic. For all of the latest information on Kentucky cross country, please log on to ukathletics.com.