RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.2 (Cross Country)
#KUxc cleans house at season-opening Bob Timmons Dual Classic
— Kansas Cross Country (@KansasXC) September 2, 2017
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The Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 at Rim Rock Farm with the Bob Timmons Dual Classic, where they competed against UMKC and Oral Roberts in a dual scoring format meet.
A 6K men’s race started things off on a beautiful Saturday morning at the Jayhawks’ home course and KU dominated the race, placing all five scorers in the top-seven collegiate finishers. Senior Ben Burchstead crossed the finish line first for the Jayhawks, clocking in at 19:10.2. In the dual scoring format, KU swept the field, scoring a perfect 15 points against Oral Roberts and beating UMKC 19-41.
The women’s 5K race followed the men’s competition, and the results were much of the same. Junior Alaina Schroeder was the top finisher for the Jayhawks, placing second overall with a time of 18:04.6, less than one second behind the race’s winner from UMKC, Sarah Fogarty. Schroeder trailed Fogarty by a considerable distance with a little under 1,000 kilometers remaining in the race, but used a late kick to tighten the gap, nearly overcoming the leader for the victory. The Jayhawk women also placed five runners in the top-seven scorers, and also scored a perfect 15 against ORU, while besting UMKC 21-35.