Greenville, S.C. – Ben Sessions turned in a top 30 finish against runners from NCAA Division I and Division II programs, leading the Crusaders to a 11th place finish at the Furman Cross Country Classic. The Crusaders finished with a team average of 27:28.08.
- Finish: 11/14 (Amongst NCAA Division I and II teams including Furman and Clemson)
- Location: Greenville, South Carolina
- Host: Furman University
How it Happened
- Ben Sessions turned in one the best performances of his career, posting a top 30-finish among runners from Division I and II schools. Sessions clocked in with a time of 25:52.20.
- Logan Childs turned in an impressive 8k debut for the Crusaders on Saturday. The Freshman finished second on the team with a time of 27:32.70.
- Austin Nobles turned in yet another personal record on Saturday, finishing with a time of 28:26.60 while transfer Brook Hovis improved five seconds on his time from a year ago when he ran for Anderson, clocking in at 27:45.
- The Crusaders also had three runners who were seconds away from new personal records in Jonathan Keller, Trey Stewart, and Dominic Powell. Keller ran a 27:43.90 while Stewart and Powell broke the tape at 28:38.60 and 28:35.10 respectively.
From Coach Stober
- “Today was great. Excellent weather conditions, lots of good competition, and an awesome atmosphere for the runners. All of which helped make for a fast race. Our men and women ran really well today. Most everyone either ran a PR or close to it. It’s exciting to see them run those types of times this early in the season. Tori Davies had a break-through race and ran a monster PR. Hailey Willingham continues to impress me. She ran a PR as well. Jadyn Slaughter crushed her first ever collegiate 6K. On the men’s side, it was great to see Ben Sessions get a PR. He’s had a long road leading up to where he is now. This is his senior year, and it’s great to watch him start it off with a PR in the 8K. Logan Childs ran a race that was mature beyond his age. This was his first collegiate 8K. He started out conservative and moved up the entire race…eventually finishing number two for the men’s team. I was very proud of how he ran today. Jonathan Keller ran a tough race as he battled through some pain that he was experiencing. Brooks Hovis has been a great addition to our men’s team this year. He came off a fairly inconsistent summer of training and is progressing quite well. He also ran a very mature race considering where he is at from a fitness standpoint. Keep an eye on him…he’s going to do some good things. Austin really stepped up today. I told him in the middle of the race that we might need him as our number five. He immediately began moving up in the race, and he ended up running a PR. I’ve been so proud of Dominic Powell lately. This young man has shown a lot of heart and determination lately. He went out aggressive and refused to settle. He’s having the best XC season of his collegiate career thus far. Trey Stewart had a very solid season opener. He had an excellent summer of training but unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to race last weekend because he was sick. For him to run the time that he did today is exciting. This is a special group, and I’m excited to see how the rest of the season unfolds.”
Coach Stober to Crusader Nation
- “I would like to thank all of those that came out to the race today. We had a nice amount of people that came to support our runners. It means a lot to us, and we are very appreciative of your support. Special shout out to Jody Jennings for being a true cross country fan today. He was running all over the course to cheer on and encourage our team.”
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders will take a week off before heading to Wingate, North Carolina to run in the Bulldog Stampede on September 23rd.