Cross-country places in KY

On Saturday Oct. 2, the Tech cross country teams competed in the Greater Louisville Classic. The men’s and women’s teams placed 21st and 25th overall, with 24th and 35th-place individual finishes by junior Mary Kate DuBard and sophomore Patrick Barron, respectively.

DuBard was the only Jacket to finish in the top 25. With a time of 17:40.02, she placed 24th out of a field of 302. Freshman Megan Breitbach had the second best Jacket finish, placing 135th overall with a time of 18:48.29.

The women’s team ended the day with an average time of 18:46.56, scoring 641 points and placing 25th out of 93 teams. Grand Valley State was the team winner with a score of 106, just ahead of second place Vanderbilt with a score of 107.

Neely Spence, a junior at Shippensburg University, placed first overall, setting a new course record of 16:32.90.

For the men, Barron, who has led the team in all of their races this year, finished 35th in a field of 323 with a time of 24:44.35. Coming in 53rd overall and second for the Jackets, senior D.J. McMillan crossed the line in 24:44.35.

With an average time of 25:32.12, the men placed 21st out of 92 teams. With a score of just 97, host team Lousiville was the men’s team winner.

Meshack Koyiaki of Columbus State University, after a final sprint to the end, finished with a time of 23:20.75, beating out second place Western Kentucky and third place USC Upstate by a margin of just 1.53 seconds.