Cross Country starts season with success

The Rockhurst Cross Country team competed with the Lee’s Summit North Broncos in a meet on Aug. 30. The team fared very well, especially in the A race, in which seven Rockhurst students crossed the finish line before one from Lee’s Summit North did.

The meet took place on a two-mile course at the Lee’s Summit North Campus. In the A race, which features runners on the top squad, the Hawklets were led by senior Carson Bode, who finished first overall. Bode ran a 10:44.4 two-mile, and was followed by Rockhurst sophomore, John Luder, who ran a 10:52 time.

Those who ran in the A race accumulated 15 points for Rockhurst, allowing them to gain the victory. Along with the first seven top finishers being from Rockhurst, 10 of the first 11 to finish were also racers for the Hawklets. While the team saw strong efforts from Bode and Luder, Adam Palausky, Gray Ryan and Sam Scovell also finished in the top five overall.

The team also saw a strong effort in the B race, in which fifty-three Rockhurst students ran. The race was won by Rockhurst senior Michael O’Connell, but also featured strong efforts from sophomore Branden Schaff and junior Jack Trouve. All three racers finished within the top five.

This was the first competitive meet for the freshman squad, who, despite their inexperience, saw much success in the race. Freshman Jacob Jester finished ninth overall, and freshman Jamie Sullivan finished sixteenth. Rockhurst scored twenty-two points total in this race, defeating Lee’s Summit North. The Hawklets next meet will be against Aquinas on Sept. 6 at Johnson County Community College.

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