SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Oct. 1 - A first-place finish by Cameron Levins helped the men's cross country team to a third-place finish in the 8k at the Bill Dellinger Invite at Oregon today; the women finished seventh in the 5k.
"To finish first in such a competitive, talented field is a huge victory for Cam," said head coach Eric Houle. "It's also a great compliment to the program we have at Southern Utah."
Levins ran to a first-place time of 23:10.51, about eight seconds before the second-place runner from Wisconsin, and ran with an average mile time of 4:39.8. Nate Jewkes finished second for the Thunderbirds, crossing the finish line in 19th place with a time of 24:16.18 and an average mile of 4:53.1. Jewkes was followed by Devin Antczak (24:35.84) and Clinton Rhoton (24:38.84) in 32nd and 35th place respectively, while John Hart (24:44.28) rounded out the scoring team members in 40th place.
Diana Medina-Mitchell led the women's team with a 17th-place finish and time of 17:10.87, averaging a 5:31.8 mile. She was followed by Jamie Smith in 23rd place with a time of 17:25.56 and average mile time of 5:36.6. Madalyn Jones (17:45.52) came next with a 37th-place finish, while Ashley Gray (17:49.72) and Armarose Bailey (17:57.59) rounded out the scoring T-Birds in 41st and 47th place respectively.
"I really think we accomplished what we had intended in coming to this meet," Coach Houle continued. "We did well considering the level of competition and these experiences help us prepare for more difficult meets later in the season."
The Thunderbirds will now prepare for their only home meet of the season, the Color Country Invitational, which will take place on Oct. 8 at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Cedar City.