Charleston, IL – The men’s and women’s cross country team competed over the weekend at the Walt Crawford Open hosted by EIU. There were 16 teams represented at the meet, including six Division I teams. The men’s team placed 10th while the ladies team placed 13th. The men were once lead again by John Davis. He placed 82nd overall. Others running in the top five for the Lynx were Joel Flores (87th), Josh Mongomery (91st), Zach Humphries (108th), and Chris Steward (108th).  The ladies were led by Kaiyla Brooks. She placed (101st). Rounding out the top five was Akiya Thompson (122nd), Lizzy Herzog (129th), Teandria Bouliox (131st), and Martina Hodge (138th).

Coach Herron said, “This was a very tough meet for us. Only one of my guys had raced a 5 mile race before today. There is a huge difference from racing 3 miles to moving up to 5 miles. The women are also had to adjust to a longer race from the previous week. Once everyone gets used to racing the longer distances there is no doubt in my mind that there will be significant improvements in time. We just have to stay positive and keep working hard. This is a very young team and I know we will get much better as the season progresses.”