LOUISVILLE, KY - Saturday against more than 50 teams in the Greater Louisville Classic, the Mississippi State cross country teams posted two Top 25 finishes, as the women placed 11th and the men 25th.
Louisville won the men's 8K, with Meshack Koyiaki of Columbus State University coming in as the top men's finisher at 23:20.75. In the women's 5K, it was Columbus State finishing first, with Neely Spence of Shippensburg University claiming medalist honors at 16:32.90.
MSU sophomore Haley Greenwell (17:42.42, 28th) was the top Lady Bulldog on the day, followed closely by sophomore Renee Masterson (17:42.57, 29th). Junior Dominique Lockhart set a personal best of 18:17.10 as she was the third Lady Bulldog finishing at 71st. Sophomores Chloe Phillips (18:44.31) and Eileen Riley (18:50.07) placed 126th and 142nd, respectively.
"The women ran really well today," coach Houston Franks said. "We had several girls set personal records, and they worked together as a team. I am very proud of the effort they gave."
Redshirt freshman Nick Perkins was the top Bulldog on the day, finishing 92nd with a time of 25:05.78. Senior Adam Lenz (25:17.02) was next at 112th, while sophomore Phillip Johnson (25:21.24), freshman John Valentine (25:33.97) and freshman Mike Clark (25:52.66) rounded out the Bulldog top five finishing 121st, 150th, and 191st, respectively.
"There really are no individual superstars on the men's team, but if we can learn to run together, we can become a great team," Franks remarked. "Cross country is an individual sport, but it takes the whole team running as a whole to be successful.""
Consistency will be the focus of the Bulldogs training regimen for the next two weeks, as they set their sights on top finishes at the Blue Ridge Invitational in Boone, N.C., on October 15.