M. Cross Country/Track

CIU Men's Cross Country Makes History

The men battled through the heat to complete their first meet at the Eye Opener

Jack Lewis leading the pack
Jack Lewis leading the pack
The CIU men's cross country team battled through the heat and humidity to have a very respectable showing. The men battled a fast first few miles to finish strong. They were lead by Jack Lewis who ran 33:20 for the 8k (5 mile) race. Lewis was followed closely by Stephen Hancock who ran 33:42 and Landon Nichols' 34:27. Ken Edge lead Lewis, Hancock and Nichols for most of the race before dropping out of the race the last mile due to heat exhaustion.

Rounding out the top seven were James Gentry at 35:55, Wes Lanpher at 38:07, Jeremy Gilbert at 38:50 and Fabien Pering running 41:22. Freshman Blake Tindle was held out of the race due to injury, but has started running more and is expected to be back shortly.

The men battle a tough early pace which took it's toll on them the last few miles of the race. Coach Brooker was very proud of how they fought through the heat and really came together as a team. The men learned a lot after their first race and are eager to keep training and race again in two weeks at Montreat College.

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