The NGU Crusaders Men's Cross Country Team finished in 13th place out of 19 teams Saturday at the annual Bulldog Stampede while the women broke the tape in 12th place out of 20 teams.
Ben Sessions continued his solid sophomore campaign, finishing with a time of 26:25 to lead the men. Sessions finished 13th overall out of 178 participants. Jordan Ferguson (28:22) and Daniel Wade (28:29) turned in impressive times as well. Freshman Tyler Modica finished with a time of 29:56 in just his 3rd ever, collegiate race.
The Crusader women were led by freshman Kaleigh Roach who ran another fantastic race. Roach beat her own school record in the 6k with a time of 24:07, finishing 20th overall. Hailey Willingham cashed in a new personal record on Saturday with a time of 25:31. NGU's Victoria Davies finished the race just ahead of Willingham with a time of 25:30 while Rebecca Watson stopped the watch at 25:49.
"Overall, we ran pretty well today on a very messy trail," remarked head coach Cameron Stober. "It was extremely wet and muddy after all the rain we've had and a lot of runners struggled with footing. We had a lot of personal records and season bests today, so that's something to be proud of. It was a good opportunity for the runners and coaches to get a feel for what the competition looks like in our region this year."
The Crusaders will next race on October 9 in Charlotte, NC.