Hardeeville, SC- The Berea College men's cross country team competed at the ninth annual Asics Sand Shark Invitational this past weekend. The Mountaineers out paced the field and placed first in a large competitive field. The field of 31 teams included NAIA #8 ranked Dalton State, #24 ranked SCAD Savannah and RV Shawnee State. Berea won the meet with 76 points finishing in front of 2nd place Dalton State who had 89 points and 3rd place SCAD Savannah with 115.
All of Berea's top 7 runners set new personal bests in the 8k. Leading the way once more for Berea was Emmanuell Kemmei with a 5th place finish. Emmanuell lowered his personal best by seven seconds with 25:12 overall time. Logan McKenzie finished 6th with a time of 25:17 followed closely by Jeremy Johnson in 7th and a time of 25:17. Rounding out the scorers for the Mountaineers was Isaiah Dodson in 35th (26:22) and Tanner Carson in 32nd (26:33). Running sixth and seventh for the Mountaineers was Dylan Watkins in 59th (26:57) and Casey Monti in 60th (26:59).
Other finishers for Berea included Zachary Raab in 63rd (27:04), Kyle Young in 114th (28:10), Luis Gonzalez in 120th (28:18), Corbin Flege in 142nd (28:54), Dave Bell in 143rd (28:56), Caleb Flege in 169th (29:28), Richard Foley ini 174th (29:41) and Jerrod Arnold in 201st (30:36).
Berea posted a season best team average of 25:44 which stands as one of the fastest teams in Berea history. Their team time was a 2:08:42 with a 1:21 1-5 gap.
Berea assistant coach Joseph Mullen placed 3rd overall in the race with a 24:54. The individual champion was Dalton State's Spencer Head with a time of 24:21.
"This was one of the bigger wins in program history, we went in knowing we had a shot if everything clicked for us and it did," said assistant coach Shawn Jakubowski. "All but four of our student-athletes set personal best marks at this meet. This was a great confidence boost going into the USCAA National Championships because we are running well when it matters and improving each week."
Next up for the men's cross country team is the USCAA National Championships in Lakeland, FL on November 6th 2015.