Louisville, KY- The Berea Men's Cross Country team traveled to Louisville this past weekend to race at one of the largest college cross country meets in the state of Kentucky. The Mountaineers ran in the silver race at 12:00 PM and finished 3rd out of the 42 competing teams. Just ahead of Berea was Campbellsville in 2nd and Indiana University Running Club in 1st.
The weather was far from ideal with high winds, cooler temperatures and light rain. Louisville had received a lot of rain throughout the week so the course was a bit muddy but the men were able to run right through it and placed three runners in the top 20 in a field that had over 350 runners. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Emmanuell Kemmei with a 4th place finish and a time of 25:53, this was a big personal best for Emmanuell. Jeremy Johnson finished right behind Emmanuell in 8th place and a time of 26:08. The other Berea runner in the top 20 was freshman Logan McKenzie finishing 19th in 26:29. Rounding out the top five for the Mountaineers was freshman Tanner Carson in 70th place with a time of 27:40 and Dylan Watkins in 79th with a time of 27:50.
Berea had a large pack right behind their top five, leading that pack was Joseph Carrick who finished 87th in a time of 27:58. Finishing behind him was Isaiah Dodson in 98th (28:05), Kyle Young in 101 place (28:06), Casey Monti in 114 place (28:15), Zachary Raab in 119 place (28:20), Ricky Foley in 214 place (29:36), Dave Bell in 232 place (29:52), Caleb Flege in 262 place (30:25), Corbin Flege in 271 place and Jerrod Arnold in 301 place (31:25).
"The men ran very well under these conditions," said Assistant Coach Shawn Jakubowski. "We have a very young team that is really starting to click and each race we get stronger and stronger. They are getting more confident as well and it is starting to show in their races, I look forward to seeing what our top seven looks like at Sand Shark on October 24th, the first seven across the line there will be the ones that represent Berea at the USCAA National Championships and there is a lot of competition for these seven spots!"