Kansas cross country sweeps Bob Timmons Classic
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams earned victories at the Bob Timmons Classic on Saturday morning. The Kansas men led the way for an all-Jayhawk top five and the women followed suit with the top six finishers.
Two Kansas sophomores picked up their first victories as Jayhawks in KU’s first meet of the 2018 season. Chace Hale was seven seconds ahead of KU’s second-place runner, leading the way with a time of 19:25.3 in the 6K to finish in first. Catherine Liggett clocked at 18:44.0 in the 5K post the top time in the women’s race.
Head Coach, Stanley Redwine
On each team’s performance today:
“I thought both races went really well. (Coach) Whittlesey did a phenomenal job; he always does. Both teams did well, they competed well and that was really good to see.”
On improvements that need to be made before the next meet:
“We need to work on running faster in practices, so we can run faster together in the next meet and once we do that we’ll be much better.”
Assistant Coach, Michael Whittlesey
On the positives of the team’s performance today:
“The biggest things that we were trying to do were just work as a pack. I thought both men’s and women’s teams did a great job of working as a pack especially early on. Later on we were trying to stretch eachother a little bit more later in the race. I thought people competed really well. We pushed eachother late and people responded to it. It was good to see us in control the whole way.”
On what the team needs to improve on for the next meet:
“The next meet is definitely going to be more competitive. We’re just starting with our fitness and our first mile on both sides was slow and we’re going to have to get out faster and get used to that rhythm a lot more. We’re going to be doing a lot more fast-paced stuff in the next month. We’re going to have to be ready for a much quicker pace and be able to attack the middle of the race. Both men and women are going to be running a longer race next time too.”
- The KU women’s team continued their winning tradition in the Bob Timmons Classic, winning the meet for the seventh-straight time.
- The Kansas men won the Bob Timmons Classic for the third-straight season.
- Sophomores Chace Hale and Catherine Liggett both picked up their first collegiate wins, running 19:25.3 (6K) and 18:44.0 (5K), respectively.
1. Chace Hale – 19:25.3
2. Chris Melgares – 19:32.3
4. Ben Butler – 19:38.8
5. Michael Melgares – 19:40.6
7. John Luder – 19:45.7
11. George Letner – 20:00.4
13. Bryce Hoppel – 20:05.1
14. Ethan Donley – 20:09.1
19. Quanah Gardiner – 21:10.9
1. Catherine Liggett – 18:44.0
2. Lauren Harrell – 18:51.0
3. McKenzie Wilks – 19:05.0
4. Riley Cooney – 19:11.5
5. Megan Paule – 19:12.9
6. Hannah Driscoll – 19:20.3
10. Cameron Gueldner – 19:48.6
15. Talley Hill – 20:58.4
17. Emmie Skopec – 21:08.6
The Jayhawks return back to Rim Rock Farm on Saturday, September 29 at 9 a.m. for the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic.
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