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Scots Impressive in Cross Country Openers
A pair of Monmouth College cross country runners will have a hard time bettering their performance from Tuesday's Titan Opener dual meet at Illinois Wesleyan.

Junior Mary Kate Beyer and sophomore Geoff Bird won the women's and men's competitions, respectively. Beyer set the 2 mile Fighting Scots' record for a junior, clocking an 11:44.7. Katie Staab's 12:15.9 sixth place finish set the Scots' standard for seniors over that distance.

Brianna Flynn placed 11th in 12:53.1 to led the remainder of the pack - Taryn Tang's 13:03.1 placed her 13th while freshman Brittney Frazier and senior Amy Aghababian were 16th and 17th. Another freshman - Tori Beaty - placed 19th and Jayme Ayers was 21st. Whitney Didier in 23rd position and Marlee Lane in 26th rounded out the Scots' women. Less than 30 seconds separated Tang in 13th from Ayers in 21st.

The Scots' men had three distinct packs, led by Bird's win and Jonathan Welty in second at 16:39.0. The second pack consisted of five runners, paced by freshman Jake Barr in 8th with a time of 17:14.2, just two-tenths ahead of senior Damon Bautista in 9th. A trio of freshman closed out the second pack with Connor Shields 10th in 17:24.4, Paul Davies 12th at 17:34.5 and Nate Jones in 13th with a time of 17:43.6.

Monmouth's final pack was paced by junior Craig Maher who placed 18th in 18:09.0. Three freshmen - Matt Gatlin, Brian Daly and Peter Lipinski finished 20th, 22nd and 25th.

The Scots have 10 days off before competing at next Friday's Bradley University Open.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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