By SAM CHANDLER
The Samford University men’s and women’s cross-country teams completed their regular season this past weekend at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa. Stacked against a competitive field of teams from the Atlantic coast conference and Southeastern conference, the men’s team finished 13th and the women’s team finished 15th.
Freshman interior architecture major Arsène Guillorel lead the Bulldogs with a 17th place finish in the 8K event, clocking a time of 25 minutes, 32 seconds.
“It’s a good performance, but I can do better if I run smart and recover more,” Guillorel said.
Junior communication studies major Adam Jones and junior exercise science major Luke Weishaar were the next Bulldogs to cross the finish line. Jones finished 35th in a time of 25:55, and Weishaar finished 68th in a time of 26:28.
Junior sports administration major Steven Crain and freshman business major Josh Salter rounded out the top five.
Freshman pre-med major Karisa Nelson lead the Samford women with a time of 18:26 in the 5K event, placing 55th overall.
Junior pre-law major Rachel Wooten and freshman science and religion major Megan Roach were the next Dogs to cross the line. Wooten finished 74th in 18:46, and Roach finished 79th in 18:50.
Coming off a series of injuries, Roach made the most of her first race at full health and stepped up with a key performance.
“I felt like she has really come a long way in just three to four weeks,” head coach Lori Stand said. “She went from not being able to run to being a team player and stepping up and running really well for us.”
Senior exercise science major Anna Irvine and freshman pre-physical therapy major Emma Garner finished fourth and fifth on the team to complete the scoring.
Next, the cross-country team will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina on Oct. 31 for the SoCon championship meet.