TOP SEVEN PLACES GRABBED BY PIRATES IN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SEASON OPENER - Southwestern University

TOP SEVEN PLACES GRABBED BY PIRATES IN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SEASON OPENER

TOP SEVEN PLACES GRABBED BY PIRATES IN MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SEASON OPENER

The Southwestern Men’s Cross Country team started the season in impressive fashion by capturing the top 7 places and 12 of the top 14 spots at the Twilight Opener against the University of Dallas at Berry Springs.

First-years Sam Martinez and Thomas Bobbitt came hot off the line for their first collegiate meet taking first and second place, respectively, with a times of 16:44.0 and 16:51.3. Junior Dan Rudd was hot on their trail placing in third in 16:56.0. Junior Allen Smith (pictured right) came in fourth in 17:25.6, senior Josh Gideon took fifth in a time of 17:28.9 and sophomore Zach Freeland’s 17:32.5 earned him sixth place. Senior Matthew Broussard finished in a time of 17:42.8 to round out the top seven.

After Concordia’s Warren Sanders finished in eighth place at 17:43.0 another onslaught of Pirates came through the finish line. Junior Sebastian Winker came in at 18:01.7 for ninth, junior Addison English took tenth at 18:44.6, sophomore Sam Marsh finished in 11th at 20:43.4, first-year Brady Kent took 12th in a time of 21:12.3 and junior Brian Schaefer rounded out the Pirates with a 14th place finish in a time of 22:53.7.

Southwestern will now head to the University of Texas at Tyler for an invitational meet on Saturday.