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Fighting Owls Women 6th and Men take 5th place in the USCAA Cross Country Championships

Fighting Owls Women 6th and Men take 5th place in the USCAA Cross Country Championships

The Warren Wilson cross country raced in the USCAA Championships at Virginia Beach. Despite the cold temperatures and strong winds, the women stayed strong and powered through to finish in 6th place. While this race was flat and a seemingly fast loop, the wind, cold temperature and long grass made for a tough course. 

Freshman Isabella Storniolo led the women's team in a time of 27:49 for the 6k. Following her was Kiersten Keith-Pedersen at 28:11, followed by Lydia Sterling (28:49) and Ellie Goldstein (28:53) running together.   Miriam Kadens was next in for the Owls women finishing in 29:45; followed closely by Emme McManus at 30:04.  Coach Julie Springsteen described Emme as "mowing down many people" at the end. All the women came in within a couple of minutes of each other, working well as a strong pack!

As the wind picked up the men set out next and ran hard to earn 5th place out of the 12 teams. Julian Rohn-Capellaro  (27:49) and Eric Vanderford (27:50) led the men's team in. Although the men started together, they spread out as the race continued and Sam Colston was the next to finish for the Owls running the 8K course in 30:19. He was followed by Jonah Felde who ran strong throughout the race, taking more than two minutes of his previous PR to finish in a time of 31:05, Griffin Harvey also ran a PR with a time of 32:14, and Seth Walker finished the race for the men at 33:04.

Overall everyone did great. Go owls!

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