Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Transylvania cross country team wrapped up the 2019 season with a strong performance at the Great Lakes Regional Championships at the Gainey Athletic Facility on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the abnormally adverse conditions, Transylvania head coach Matthew Roden was especially pleased with the way his team performed on Saturday. "Today was a different kind of race for our team," said Roden. "It was already a difficult course that was made even more challenging by ice, snow, and mud. I was very proud of the way our runners persevered through those elements."
Despite weather-altered course conditions, the Transylvania trio of Burnam, Winter, and John Cromer turned in their strongest performances of the season with Cromer finishing the race in 205th place on Saturday.
"The meet officials were forced to remove a section of the race path due to potential weather-related dangers," remarked Roden. "Although the race was cut down slightly and wasn't a complete 8K race, Jacob, Isaiah, and John put forth their best race times of the season at various timing points and finished the season on a high note in those harsh conditions."
Kortney Smith led the charge for the Pioneers on the women's side, wrapping up her freshman campaign with a 160th place finish in a time of 25:19.6. Josie Cunningham followed closely behind Smith, finishing the race in a time of 25:49.1, good for a 172nd place finish.
Collectively, both the men's and women's teams finished in 34th place overall, wrapping up a successful season for the Pioneers, who now look ahead to their indoor track season.
"Our young teams really came together strong throughout the season and banded together for some of our program's best finishes and marks in both groups," commented Roden. "As a coaching staff, Coach Maxwell and I are excited about the direction we are headed and anxious to continue the program's growth and success. Our runners will take the next few weeks recovering from the season as we now look towards the indoor track season."
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