ST. LOUIS, Mo.
— The Southeast Missouri men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2015 season Saturday with a pair of wins at the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis.
"We ran a plan today to pack run, run as a group. We were working on things to get ready for Vanderbilt in two weeks," said head coach Ryan Lane
. "I think even though we graduated a lot from the women's team, we haven't skipped a beat with our newcomers coming in and working with our returners and it showed today. On the men's side, we had a good showing today. We're not deep but we have six or seven guys that are going to do work for us and that's all you need to be a team."
The women ran a 4K race while the men ran a 6K. Kaitlyn Shea
was the top finisher for the women with a third-place finish while Marc Maton
won the men's race. In all, Southeast posted seven top-ten finishes: four for the men, three for the women.
Shea led the women's team and placed third in 15:04. Shea was followed by Megan Parks
(15:06) in sixth place and Angela Sumner
(15:09) in seventh. Sydney O'Brien
picked up a 12th-place finish in 15:36, rounding out the top four for the Redhawks. Natalie Kopplin
(15:48) and Celine Rone
(15:55) finished back-to-back in 19th and 20th, respectively. Lindsey Seabaugh
(16:02) and Rachel Hutchcraft
(16:03) also finished back-to-back in 23rd and 24th-places. Andrea George
finished 31st in 16:15, Eilish Overby
finished 40th in 16:36, Madeline Gaul
finished 76th with a time of 19:48, and Kennedy Roderick
finished 87th in 20:22.
"I was excited to see how close our four, five, six, and seven were to our top three in the women's race because I thought the gap was bigger. We proved today that we are a much more deep team than I thought and that's excellent for team scoring."
The men had an impressive showing with all eight runners finishing in the top half. Maton won the race quite handedly in 19:48, 13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Shane Brown
placed fourth in 20:14 while Dan Plunkett
(20:25) and Jaime Zarate
(20:27) finished sixth and seventh to round out the top ten for the Redhawks. Jace Mortimer
finished in 20:47, good for 12th place. Andrew Whitener
took 15th place in 20:52. James Kosbar
(27th, 21:20) and Curtis Reed
(34th, 21:42) finished the race for Southeast.
"We had a couple upperclassmen and one freshman step up and have better than expected days. That's going to help us make sure we have a contingency plan incase someone has a down day or is sick and someone can step up and take that spot.
"It was a good day to get out and break the rust off," Lane remarked.
The Redhawks compete next at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt, Sept. 19.