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Scots Cross Country Runners Set Personal Bests at Bradley
With three of their four upperclassmen running personal bests, the Monmouth College men's cross country team placed fifth in 12-team 8K college division field at last weekend's Bradley Open at Detweiller Park in Peoria while the women finished fourth of 11 in the 5K race.

Sophomores Geoff Bird (26:14) and Jon Welty (26:47) shaved 40 and 45 seconds off their career-bests, respectively. Bird placed 17th, just 34 seconds out of a top ten finish. Welty, in 30th position was 22 seconds shy of the top 20. The Fighting Scots' third runner with a PR - junior Craig Maher - placed 71st (28:12) by trimming 30 seconds off his best time. Senior Tim Bentz - Monmouth's final upperclassman to compete, finished 88th.

The Scots' freshmen impressed with their first attempt at the 8K distance. Connor Shields led the newcomers in 43rd (27:11), Paul Davies was 54th (27:40) and Nate Jones placed 80th (28:42). Rounding out the team was Jake Barr in 91st, Matt Gatlin 93rd and Peter Lipinski 124th.

The women's team ran a tight pack after Mary Kate Beyer and Katie Staab finished 4th and 8th (18:44 and 19:19, respectively). Beyer's time was a Monmouth course record. Freshman Rachel Bowden led the main pack in 31st (20:44), Bri Flynn was 37th, followed by Amy Aghababian in 39th, Tori Beaty 41st and Brittany Frazier 44th. The five were within 46 seconds of one another. Whitney Didier in 53rd, Marlee Lane in 72nd and Allison Carrolls 80th place finish rounded out the Scots' women.

The team will be off until they travel to the Augustana Invitational on September 25th.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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