LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Behind a record-breaking performance and several personal bests, the Knights left their mark at the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday.
"This is the first time the Southern Virginia cross country program has competed at a national level regular-season meet during its DIII era. Both the men and women did quite well," said Head Coach Kyle Chandler.
The Southern Virginia men placed 22nd out of 57 teams in the men's 8K, paced by senior Mike Myers. With a time of 25:07, Myers broke the program record in the 8k by 23 seconds finishing 19th overall.
"Mike Myers and Murray Bingham had outstanding races," said Chandler. "Mike finished in the top 20 out of over 500 competitors and nearly broke the 25-minute mark. Murray took 1 minute off his 8K time on comparable courses in warmer conditions, so he is starting to take shape."
Next in line for SVU was Murray Bingham, who became just the third runner in school history to break 26 minutes. His time of 25:51 was good for 68th place. Bingham was followed by freshman Kazdyn Chandler and Joseph Morphonios, who ran 26:52 and 27:40, respectively. Rounding out the top five for the Knights was Caden Eskelsen with a time of 27:45.
"Despite losing a shoe at just past the mile mark, Kazdyn Chandler ran very well running in the 26-minute range, and Joseph, Caden, and Kevin made progress in narrowing the gap," added Chandler.
The women were led by sophomore Morgan Bingham, who finished the women's 5K at 19:26, good for 72nd place. The Knights placed two more runners in the top 150 with Sophie Dryden, 122nd, and Jill Westman, 146th. They came through the finish in 19:48 and 19:56 for SVU. Sophomores Jessica Simpson and Madison Malmgren ran 20:11 and 20:51 to finish out the women's combined score of 686 and a 21st place team finish.
"The quartet of Morgan Bingham, Sophie Dryden, Jill Westman, and Jessica Simpson did a nice job of competing throughout the entire race," said Chandler." As a group, they were able to move up and pass a good number of people while still getting out aggressive from the start."
The Knights will be off next weekend before returning to competition on Oct. 19 at the Gettysburg Invitational in their final race before the postseason. The championship season begins on Nov. 2 at the CAC Championships in York, Pa.