The EMU cross country teams had a nice cap to the 2019 season, running Saturday at the South/Southeast Regionals in Memphis, Tenn.
The men finished 23rd out of 36 teams, holding their spot as the fifth-place team from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Going without top runner Abigail Shelly (Collinsville, Miss./West Lauderdale), who was in Tempe, Ariz., for the Women's Triathlon National Championships, the EMU women took 24th, understandably sliding to sixth among ODAC squads.
Sophomore Isaac Alderfer (Broadway, Va./Broadway) was the top finisher for either team, taking 67th in the men's 8k race at 26:53.2. Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) also had a good race, taking 89th in 27:12.1. Sophomore Isaac Andreas (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) earned a 13-second PR with a time of 28:19.9.
For the women, Elizabeth Miller (Archbold, Ohio/Archbold) slid into the top spot and responded with a PR. She took 78th in the women's huge field in 24:02.3, taking seven seconds off her PR from the ODAC Championships. Savannah Bontrager (Milford, Neb./Milford) lowered her best time by 17 seconds, coming in at 27:24.2.
South/Southeast Regional Championships – 8k
EMU Men: 23rd place of 36 teams (599 points)
Top Finisher: Isaac Alderfer – 67th of 239 (26:53.2)
Scoring Team: Justice Allen – 89th (27:12.1); Clay Kauffman – 141st (28:03.3); Isaac Andreas – 154th (28:19.9-PR); Nathan Yoder – 160th (28:35.5); Collin Longenecker – 171st (28:46.1); Thomas Guadalupe-Johnson – 177th (28:55.8)
South/Southeast Regional Championships – 6k
EMU Women: 24th place of 33 teams (631 points)
Top Finisher: Elizabeth Miller – 78th (24:02.3-PR)
Scoring Team: Megan Good – 111th (24:52.9); Elizabeth Nisly – 120th (25:08.4); Emma Hoover – 180th (27:01.5); Savannah Bontrager – 189th (27:24.2-PR); Allison Shelly – 202nd (28:19.1)
Coach Bob Hepler said:
Today saw the end of an era for EMU XC as seniors Emma Hoover, Megan Good, Elizabeth Nisly and Collin Longenecker ran their last meet. Those four plus, triathlete Abigail Shelly, have stayed dedicated to the program despite numerous coaching changes, injuries and the challenges of being some of EMU's top students. Because of their loyalty, the program has a bright future and we have been able to recruit well. I will always be grateful to them and to former runner and team manager Kayla Leaman as they helped me navigate my first year and a half at EMU!