MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s and men’s cross country teams finished fourth and seventh respectively, Saturday morning from Wickham Park. The women closed with a team score of 235 in their 5K race, placing three runners in top-30. While the men did not qualify for a team score in the 8K run, the squad did have two runners finish in the top-35.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kelsey Bradley was the Lions top-finisher placing 20th overall out of 63 runners with a time of 20:51:29; three minutes off the lead. Bradley was followed closely by freshman Tanja Redmond who placed 25th overall with a time of 21:24:11. Jillian Browne was also impressive in her debut for the Green and Gold placing 27th with a time 21:31:28.
After the women concluded their race, Head Coach Melissa Miller released her men’s team to run. Michael Berry ran an impressive race for the Green & Gold, crossing the line as the Lions top-finisher at 25:49.82; 25th out of 62 runners.The Lions next two finishers, Matt Attal and freshman Eric Dirth, finished back-to-back in 31st and 32nd place. Attal closed the competition with a time of 30:22:79 and Dirth concluded his first collegiate race for SLU 22 seconds behind his teammate at 30:44:58.
Overall, Tampa’s women took home the team championship with 40 points, but Florida Tech’s Sara Trane took home the individual title with a time of 17:59. Taking home the men’s individual honor was Embry-Riddle’s Evans Kirwa with a time of 25:06. Embry-Riddle’s strong individual efforts resulted in a team-win as well with total score of 38.
Seven teams competed in the event, including three Sunshine State Conference schools (Florida Tech, University of Tampa, and Saint Leo).
Both the men’s and women’s squads hit the course again next Friday, September 18 as they take part in the University of Florida Invitational. The start gun is scheduled to go off at 6:30 pm.