Tornados sweep competition at Twilight InvitationalSeptember 26, 2015
PISGAH FOREST, N.C. – Brevard College hosted the Twilight Invitational at Glen County Country Club on Friday, bringing in the largest field of cross country teams in program history, and ran away with first place in both the men’s and women’s meet. To go with the team victory, over half of the top five finishes in each race were BC runners.
The victory for the women is the first since the 2012 home dual meet back in 2012, while the men’s side collected its first team win since a home dual meet in the 2007 campaign. This is the first time since the Brevard joined the NCAA that the team finished first in both meets.
In the women’s 5K, senior Hannah Cook led the pack the entire race and finished with the only sub 20 time at 19:36.94. The top finish is the first in Cook’s collegiate career. She is the only runner from the 2012 dual meet that Brevard hosted, where she finished second overall.
Freshman Ruby Lewis was the next royal blue and white to cross the finish line with a 21:13.66 time, cutting her 5K time down by 13 seconds for a fifth place. Laura Peterson and Elena Raygoza quickly followed Lewis with personal-record runs of 21:18.42 and 21:24.03 for sixth and seventh place. Leah Jostes rounded out the top 10 with a 21:44.15 run in her first meet of the season, just a second behind ninth place and two back of eighth.
Melia Milne and Rebecca Martin were the last Tornados to finish with 22:49.84 and 22:53.91 runs for 14th and 15th overall.
The women won with 20 points, followed by Montreat College and Spartanburg Methodist College with 39 and 42 points. Erskine and Warren Wilson rounded out the women's field with 47 and 50 points.
On the men’s side, Brevard felt the home field advantage as four of the top five finishers were Tornados. Finishing in first place was Brent Turner, a BC runner who competed as an individual and thus did not count for Brevard’s score, with a 26:31.17 time. Hassan Kiprono, who started strong and led the race for the majority of the 8K, fell into second place in the final mile and finished with a 27:00.68 result.
Competing in his first event of the year, Sidney Noble came in third with a 27:55.71 run. Jordan Lance finished fifth, running neck and neck with a competitor from Erskine College but fell two seconds short of the foe with a 27:57.46 time.
Caleb Stanley and Henry Crowder rounded out the men’s unit with personal-record times of 32:34.40 and 32:47.09 to finish 22nd and 23rd overall.
Brevard won the men's meet with 55 points, edging Spartanburg Methodist who finished with 61. Warren Wilson finished in third with 67 while Erskine ended the run with 78 points.
Riding the momentum from the results, cross country goes to Swannanoa, North Carolina, to run in the Fighting Owls Invitational.
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