PENSACOLA, Fla. – Nagging injuries withheld the Lady Cavaliers from their best performance, Saturday, while Darton’s men’s cross country team placed well among some tough competition at the University of West Florida’s Gulf Coast Stampede race.
Led by freshman Austin Stewart, the Cavaliers finished fifth of ten teams with a score of 158 points and an average 8K time of 28:13. Stewart finished 22nd with a time of 27:38.
Teammate Victor Chicas was right on his heels and finished two seconds behind Stewart at 27:44 to place 24th. Freshman David Thornton finished 28th at 27:54.
“We had three in the 27s,” Darton head coach Bruce Skiles said. “They did real well. I still have to get a couple of guys up there.”
Sophomore Ean Crawford finished 47th, running a 28:35 and Jose Bautista ran 29:12, placing 56th and scoring for the Cavs.
Harding University won the race, finishing 1, 4, 6, 8 and 15 to score 34 points and average a 26:35 8K. Harding’s Andrew Evans won with a 25:54 8K.
In the women’s 5K race, Elena Oslund ran a 20:42 to place 22nd overall and start the scoring for the Lady Cavaliers, who finished 10th among 12 teams. Darton averaged a 22:27 5K and scored 244 points.
Amber Braswell ran a 22:05 to place 55th, Jaichelle Thomas ran a 22:30 to place 62nd, Victoria Parra ran 23:13 to finish 70th, and Kaitlyn Winter ran 23:47 to place 78th.
“Jaichelle’s coming on,” Skiles said. “Victoria did alright. I’m not happy with some of them, but I think we’ll be ready by Region (Championships).
Three Lady Cavaliers did not race due to injuries.
Harding University won the race, scoring 50 points and averaging a 19:51 5K. Harding’s Ewa Zoborowska won, averaging a 5:55 mile for a 18:25 5K.
Darton will travel to Augusta, Friday, for the Georgia Regents University Jaguar Invitational Race. Start time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.