By Thomas Jenkins |
Samford’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams both had a strong showing at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational Friday. The women’s team finished in fourth place out of 33 teams, while the men’s team finished 10th out of 35.
Samford head coach Lori Strand thought that Samford looked strong, although she said that there were some improvements to be made for the next competition.
“Lauren D’Alessio helped lead the team to their fourth-place finish while freshmen Rachel Roberts and Rachel Wooten stepped up and ran well,” Strand said. “Several of our girls struggled a bit today but we are hoping to iron out the kinks before our next meet.”
Junior nutrition and dietetics major Lauren D’Alessio was the top finisher for Samford on the women’s side with a time of 21:19.01 and an overall finishing of fourth place. Freshman undeclared major Rachel Roberts finished in sixth place overall with a time of 21:34.56 and freshman undeclared pre-law major Rachel Wooten finished in 31st overall with a time of 22:36.08.
Undeclared freshman Brandon Hazouri was the top finisher for the Samford men’s team, with a time of 25:45.38 and overall finishing in 53rd place. Luke Weishaar, another undeclared freshman, finished just four seconds behind Hazouri with a time of 25:49.71.
“It’s exciting to watch the freshmen on the men’s side step up and run well,” Strand said. “The men’s team seems to be moving in the right direction towards being a competitive team at the conference championship.”
Samford’s next performance will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the Crimson Classic on Saturday, Oct. 13.