ORLANDO, Fla. -- A destination spot for many, the Covenant cross country teams took to business at Disney World on Saturday morning at the 21st annual Disney Cross Country Classic. The men finished sixth among non-Division I competition and the women were fifth, while both teams also produced high individual finishes.
The races were shown live on ESPN3 (available only through the WatchESPN app or online at espn.com/watch). For a full replay of both races, click here or at the top of the page.
The men kicked off the day early in the morning. Faced with humidity and a dew-soaked course, the Scots registered four top-50 finishes in an event that saw over 150 participants between all teams. Caleb Aikens led the way for Covenant with a personal record time of 27:25.6 to finish 21st overall in the race. Aikens' time topped several runners from Division I schools and is the best 8k time of the year for Covenant.
Matt Seitz was the second Covenant runner to cross as he also set a personal best time at 28:13.9, good for 39th overall. Matthew Tueller was 42nd at 28:15.3, while Micah Sneller was 49th with a course time of 28:26.9. Jonathan George was the fifth Scot to finish as he placed 67th in 29:17.9.
Division II member Wingate took the title among non-Division I teams. Covenant tallied 139 points for sixth place, just one spot ahead of USA South member Methodist. The Scots were just two points back of a tie for fourth as Johnson County Community College (Kan.) and Division II member Florida Tech both tallied 137 points.
In the women's race, Covenant was running its first 5k of the year. Lilly Smith set the pace for the Scots with her 40th place finish overall and a personal record time of 19:48.9. Michelann Settle (20:37.0) finished in 73rd and Heather Hall (21:27.3) was 101st as both runners competed in their first collegiate 5k event. Margaret Fitch came in at 21:55.0 and Hannah Samuels finished in 22:15.0 to round out the top five Covenant finishers.
The women tallied 200 points and placed fifth among non-Division I teams. The Scots bested conference foe Methodist, which finished 12th, while placing just ahead of Truett-McConnell and Nova Southeastern. 227 runners competed in the women's race.
21st - Caleb Aikens - 27:25.6 - PR
39th - Matt Seitz - 28:13.9 - PR
42nd - Matthew Tueller - 28:15.3
49th - Micah Sneller - 28:26.9
67th - Jonathan George - 29:17.9
73rd - Caleb Keitt - 29:39.8
76th - Matthew Broussard - 29:43.5
40th - Lilly Smith - 19:48.9 - PR
73rd - Michelann Settle - 20:37.0
101st - Heather Hall - 21:27.3
124th - Margaret Fitch - 21:55.0
130th - Hannah Samuels - 22:15.0
156th - Caroline Pepper - 22:56.4
161st - Anna Danek - 23:02.6
Covenant will compete in the Berry Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Mount Berry, Ga.
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