ROCKLIN, Calif. – Menlo College Men's and Women's Cross Country competed at the William Jessup Warrior Invitational over the weekend and boasted a number of encouraging finishes on both sides.
Four men's runners competed, three of whom competed in their first ever collegiate race. Freshman Richard-Runkle Edens was the top male finisher placing 63rd overall with a time of 30:43.5. Runkle-Eden's finish was more than a minute faster than his personal record for the 8K distance. Joining him was the trio of Micah Van Alstine, Samuel Rossman and Vince Tran who were all competing in their first ever 8K. Van Alstine was the second Menlo finisher, 40 seconds behind Runkle-Edens.
"Our men gained invaluable experience today that will prepare them well for our conference championships," said Head Coach Dan Noel.
On the women's side, Megan Thompson again paced the Oaks, finishing 22nd overall with a time of 20:25. That time was good for a personal best by more than a minute for the junior.
"Megan continues to improve. She is in a great place to compete well at conference," noted Noel.
Both teams now turn their focus to the GSAC championships in two weeks at Irvine Regional Park, hosted by Biola. The women enter the meet ranked seventh in the conference with the men ranked 8th.