Cross country impresses at Louisville

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 8:21 PM
Cross country impresses at Louisville by Mike Lantinen
Geehrer led the men’s cross country team at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Men’s cross country hits Louisville, Gusew, Wefing strong 2-3 combination 

The Edinboro men’s cross country team traveled to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic this past weekend, continuing to work their way to challenger status in the conference and region. With coach Ryan Foster at the helm, underclassman and upperclassman share the responsibility, trading places and notching personal bests.

“The teams we were against was less important than how we approached the race ourselves,” Gene Baritot said.

Fayetville Manlius freshman Bryan Geehrer continued to lead the team and improved on his best 8K time once again, placing seventh with
a 25:11.88. Greehrer has been impressive so far, competing on an All-American level and giving Edinboro a front runner to challenge PSAC opponents.

Breaking out for his biggest race of the year, senior statesman Jon Gusew joined Corey Wefing as they broke the 26-minute barrier. Wefing would come through in 25:53.64 while Gusew remained close with a 25:55.06. Both upperclassman will look to close the gap on Geehrer as the season builds and training intensifies.

“As a whole, we have increased our mileage and have stayed at that peak, which is extremely important at this point in the season,” Baritot said.

As the 10k races approach, training must be adjusted slightly, as the longer race offers different types of challenges.

The next Scots to finish would be Baritot, followed by transfer Jared Hallow. Only 20 places behind Wefing and Gusew, Baritot and Hallow would place 41st and 47th. A 26:10.34 for Baritot is his best time of the year and Hallows’ 26:17.41 is his best of his career.

Baritot referenced his strategy going in, explaining, “I wanted to go out with the front of the pack and stay with them through 6k, then hold my own through the last 2k.”

Sixth on the team and running consistently throughout his year, Daniel Nowak placed 85th with a time of 26:45.33.

Rounding out the remaining participants of the race for Edinboro would be Eduardo Tapia, Steven Sheetz and Mike McLaughlin. Tapia placed 111th in 27:04.63 and Scheetz placed 114th for a time of 27:07.22. The Scots last finisher was McLaughlin, in 161st in a time of 27:39.81.

“This race proves that when we can run well as individuals, then it translates to our team performance,” Baritot said.

The scoring five for the Scots remains poised for high level competition and the potential for breakout performers isn’t far.

“We know we have the talent and we put in the time to be good; we have to remember that and close the gap between 1-7.”

Baritot continued, “We like the way things are looking right now, but there is still a ton of room for improvement and I feel we are on the right path to success.”

Women’s cross country led by Sullivan, places 9th in stacked field

Edinboro’s women’s cross country team competed in the Greater Louisville Classic this weekend, as they continue to look to rebuild. The 5,000-meter race at Tom Sawyer State Park is their second major race in three weeks.

Placing ninth out of 406 competitors, Emma Sullivan looks to make her case as an All-American competitor. Race after race she has proved that this is her year.

Other notable competitors include Abbey Lang and Abbey Peters, continuing to work as a tandem at Louisville as they placed 31st and 34th. Only two seconds apart, the two would finish with a 19:03.38 and 19:05.44.

Finishes from the remaining runner would begin at 199th, beginning with Pia Briger and closely behind would be Cassie Whitmoyer in 203rd. In 237th, Sadie Brown came through, then Abigail Warner and Amie Cravener.

The Scots will return to action this homecoming weekend when they travel to Painesville, Ohio for the Lake Erie invitational. The women
remain competitive as the men look for their 
first invitational title of the year before the PSAC championship on Oct. 22. 

Michael Lantinen is a sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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