By Zachary Bowers
Winchester, Va. – The Southern Virginia cross country teams made a strong showing at the Shenandoah Commonwealth Challenge on Saturday, with the men taking third and the women taking fifth in their respective races. Morgan Bingham and Colter May each finished first in the Commonwealth Challenge, a race between several schools in Virginia.
The course featured a 250-meter hill which was to be run twice. Despite its well-groomed and maintained appearance, the course was very challenging.
On the women's side, the team competed against 16 schools. Morgan Bingham finished first in the Commonwealth Challenge and third overall with a 5K time of 20:12.7. She was followed by Bobbe May (21:38.6) and Kate Huber (23:36.2) who also finished in the top 25.
Colter May led the men's team winning the Commonwealth Challenge and placing sixth overall in the 6K race with a time of 20:13. He was followed by excellent top-25 performances by Kevin Shelley (20:38.2), Braden Robbins (20:53.5), Brandon Shelley (21:51.4), John Curnutt (22:9.7), and Nelson Rader (22:16.8).
Both the men's and women's teams beat out Capital Athletic Conference foe, the University of Mary Washington.
"Several of the runners showed strong improvements over their previous times," said coach May. "We are certainly making strides as we strive to be a program that competes hard continues to run faster month after month."
The Knights will get two weeks off before their next race at the Greensboro Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 7.