It couldn’t get much better for the women’s cross country team after a big win on their new home turf.
Four Wildcat runners finished in the top-five of the field. The Hackett sisters led the way for the women, with Allie finishing first, followed 10 seconds later by her sister, Michaela. In third was sophomore Carnley Graham, and rounding out the Wildcats were senior Diana Garcia Munoz in fifth and freshman Briahna Gerlach in 11th.
Allie, who won her first Southland Conference Player of the Week award of the year, said the track was a good comeback to a rough start of the week.
“We ran on this quite a few times for workouts in the morning,” Allie said. “And this was really just another workout for us since we were out sick Saturday night through Tuesday.”
Neither sister showed any signs of sickness though, finishing the 6K Naimadu Classic course in 21:15.52 and 21:24.25 respectively.
Head coach Lance Bingham said the girls had a really good meet. With runners finishing in first, second, third, fifth and eleventh, Bingham was pleased with the strong showing.
On the men’s side, Ryan Cleary led the way with a sixth-place finish. He was followed by Drew Cummings (12th), John Baker (13th), and freshmen Conner Miller and Seth Crockett.
Bingham said the men had a strong showing as well, despite also battling illnesses.
“Very good for a first meet,” Bingham said. “Ryan and several guys have had some sickness going on, so they ran really well considering how some of them have been feeling.”
The Wildcat cross country team heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota, this weekend to compete in the historic Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational.