Cook second, Kiprono seventh at season-opening Catawba Invitational

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Brevard College cross country teams opened their seasons at the Catawba Invitational on Friday afternoon, highlighted by a strong second-place finish by Hannah Cook.

Cook, a junior from Havelock, North Carolina, finished the race in 20:24, 37 seconds off the pace set by Mars Hill’s Jessica Viscusi. Cook was 26 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Tusculum’s Sam Vogt. Her second-place individual performance helped Brevard to a third-place team finish, just three points behind Meredith for second place. Mars Hill won the event with a score of 29.

Senior Heidi Kaartinen finished the race in 22:03, good for the 13th overall position. Leah Jostess and Ashley Lowe came in 19th and 22nd, respectively, giving the Tornados three finishers in a 44-second span. Eleyna Raygoza rounded out the point-scoring positions for Brevard, finishing in 25th place with a time of 23:15.

On the men’s side, Hassan Kiprono earned a top-10 finish by placing 7th in his first collegiate race with an 8K time of 29:04. The men’s team did not qualify for a team score by only sending four runners to compete. 2013 South Atlantic Conference champions Mars Hill won the overall team event, placing seven runners in the top nine finishers.

Both Brevard cross country teams return to action on October 4th at the Greater Louisville Classic beginning at 9 a.m. in Louisville, Kentucky.

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