Cross country takes short trip south for Allegheny Gator Classic

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 5:49 PM

With fall fast approaching, cross country season is well underway as sections of men’s and women’s teams from 13 Pennsylvania colleges raced Saturday morning at the Allegheny College Gator Classic in Meadville. 

“There are some high quality teams out here today, mostly here to represent western Pennsylvania,” said Justin Linzy, the assistant cross country coach at Allegheny College. 

The women’s race was 3 miles while the men’s was 4 miles, with Emily Forner, an Allegheny College senior, finishing in first at 17 minutes, 57 seconds for the women. Harley Moyer, a senior from Washington & Jefferson College, finished first at 20:30 in the men’s race.

For Edinboro University, sophomore Jordan Hauser finished at 20:17 with a pace of 6:46 per mile in the women’s race, while Brendan Oswalt, a redshirt freshman, clocked in at 21:49 and paced at 5:27 per mile. The Fighting Scots would only bring three total runners to the meet.

One of the main goals Oswalt had for himself and present team members was “to run today, just run solid.” Edinboro was there ultimately “to get grass under our feet.”

Anne Cleary, director of cross country operations for Edinboro University, shared something similar to Oswalt’s statement. “It’s good for some of our younger kids to come and get some experience,” she said.

Hauser feels that Edinboro has “raced better overall this year” and are more prepared for events like this. She also sensed a good attitude and thinks that it is important to “stay positive, work together, keep each other motivated, and to have fun.”

Clayton Foster, Edinboro’s new cross country coach, had positive thoughts as well. “I am pleased with their efforts today; they gave their best and that’s all I ask of them.”

The main goal was to see where people were and where their fitness levels were at, rather than winning, according to Cleary.

Securing first place at this event “feels really awesome,” said Forner, who shared that running was a struggle during the previous year because of health complications. Both Forner and Sarah Hevener, the senior captain, agreed that Allegheny probably performed better than last year, but there is still more work to be done. 

Regarding Moyer’s placement; “I was real happy with it,” he said. Moyer does feel that the entire team could be doing better, but said that improvement is “a year-by-year progression.”

No matter what awards an athlete or team earns or doesn’t, both Forner and Moyer look after their teammates, as the former shared that he will be there to cheer his on at future races.

Edinboro will race again on Sept. 29 at the Loyola Lakefront Invite in Chicago, Illinois.

Amber Chisholm can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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