By Zac Bowers and Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA Va. – The Southern Virginia University cross country teams started the 2017 season this week with a strong showing at the University of Mary Washington Triangular.
The women's team had three runners finish in the top 35 of the race. Freshman runner Morgan Bingham led the Knights in the event and placed eleventh overall with a 4K time of 15:32.7. For much of the race, she was within the top five runners. Bingham was followed by Kate Huber (17:10.1) and Aly Abel (17:36.0) who came in 27th and 32nd, respectively.
On the men's team, sophomore Kevin Shelley led the Knights with a time of 16:29.7, good enough for 23rd place. He was followed by teammates Michael Myers (16:36.6), Branden Robbins (16:47.9), and Brandon Shelley (17:10.7) who all finished in the top 35 of the 5K.
"I am incredibly pleased with our performance and how we competed," commented head coach Clint May. "This race has laid a foundation for where we want to go, and certainly we will get faster as the season progresses."
Both teams will be looking to build upon their success next week at the James Madison Invitational on Sep. 9 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Saturday-morning race will be eight kilometers for the men and six for the women, the same distances that will be run at the CAC Championships on October 28.