The Slippery Rock men’s and women’s cross-country teams took their fall break meet to a new height Saturday, Oct. 5 in Denver. The Rock’s cross-country team placed fourth and third at the Roadrunner Invitational.
The men’s team placed fourth as they scored 105 points. Metropolitan State, the hosting school, won the team title with 37 points. The women’s team placed third as they just beat out Chadron State by one point, 90-91. The team title went to Colorado State-Pueblo as they scored 31 points.
The SRU men were led by redshirt junior John Marenkovic as he placed 22nd in the 8,000-meter course in 26:33. He was followed by freshman Ethan Brentham who finished 49th in 28:03. Sophomore Benjamin Buckless finished out the top three scorers for The Rock as he placed 53rd in 28:19.
The Rock women were led by senior Kacey Raible as she placed 19th in the 6,000-meter course in 24:05. Behind Raible was junior Juliet Ryan in 25th in 24:27. Closing out the top three for the Slippery Rock was senior Jill Norris as she placed 29th in 24:48.
Senior Trenton Yoder, who placed 55th in 24:35, and sophomore Noah Yake, who placed 58th 28:48, finished out the scoring for the men.
For the women sophomore, Lexie Firment finished 42nd in 25:37 and sophomore Annie Nunley, who finished 45th in 25:50.
Slippery Rock will look to spend the rest of the remainder of fall break in Colorado before returning home and preparing for their first home meet of the season at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Saturday.