WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Cross country sprints to top 12 finishes

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The Cavaliers men’s and women’s cross country completed their season this past weekend, posting a 5th place finish in the men’s and a 12th place win for the women’s in Nationals, marking the sixth top-five finish for coach Mike Bloemker in his career at the program.

Sophomore Ryan Keene was the frontrunner for the Cavs, with a 19th-place overall on a 27:27.72 finish along with earning a NJCAA Coaches All-American. Brooks Ballou finished 35th overall, missing the Coaches All-American spot by one, with a time of 27:56.08. Other key finishes include Addis Kenea with a 54th finish (28:12.72); freshman Kidus Bekele in 62nd (28:17.49); sophomore Javier Segura in 65th (28:24.14); sophomore Robert Segura in 105th in 105th (29:02.51); and freshman Zach Palmer in 152nd (29:50.55).

Kirstie Sanders was the leader for the Lady Cavs, crossing for a 63rd place finish on a time of 21:12.69. Closely followed by sophomore Kayla Peterson with a 75th place fnish on a time of 21:25.94. Closing out the rest of the Lady Cav’s team included Danielle Houltberg in 89th (21:35.25); sophomore Michelle Smith in 100th (21:42.90); freshman Jessica Thomas in 149th (22:34.05); freshman Liliana Sullivan at 198th (23:43.91) and rounding out the pack with freshman Angela Mancuso in 236th (24:57.63).

Compiled by Dillan Straight.

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