AMERICUS, Ga. ---- In the third annual Remembrance Run, hosted by Georgia Southwestern University, the Auburn Montgomery men's cross country team ran to a second place finish for the best result in the short history of the program. Three women also competed for AUM in the second meet of the season for the Warhawks.
The men's team was very consistent, with the five scoring runners finishing in the top 16 of the event. It was the first top-3 finish for either the men or women in the two-year history of AUM cross country.
"It was exciting, and hopefully it was exciting for the guys," Head Coach Michael Gross said. "Hopefully we'll be able to use it as a building block for the rest of the year. Running against D-II schools, even though it was a small race, should still help them build some confidence."
AUM's men's team was led by freshman Garrett Carr, who posted a time of 29:09 in the 8K event. This was good enough for a sixth place finish in the field of 26. Freshman Zach Sollie also ran a top-10 time of 30:10, which placed him in ninth.
Ryan Schwarzman (30:27, 12th), Josh Jenkins (30:36, 13th) and Andrew Russell (30:55, 16th) rounded out the scoring runners for the Warhawks. Russell ran over a minute faster than his time at the season-opening Lee Invitational.
Shaw Cornelius (33:07, 19th), Adam Russell (34:18, 21st) and Aaron West (37:27, 22nd) also competed for AUM.
Valdosta State, which had four of the top five runners overall, placed first in the four team meet. Blazer runner Jessie Prince finished first individually with a time of 27:54.
Katherine Toy once again led the women's squad, coming in 12th place out of 28 runners. She finished the 5K run in 23:09, roughly a minute and a half faster than her pace at Lee.
Raquel Anecito snuck into the top 20 with a time of 25:48, while Jordan Holley (30:59, 24th) also ran for the Warhawks, who did not have enough runners to qualify for the team standings.
"I think Kat and Raquel both had really good races," Gross said. "Both of them had good, strong finishes which is encouraging."
Valdosta State's women's team was just as dominant as its male counterparts, with the Blazers making up five of the top six finishers in the race. Valdosta runner Juliana Boehm came in first after completing the course in 19:22, almost two minutes faster than second place finisher Jessi Young.
AUM's cross country teams will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Azalea City Classic. The meet, which is hosted by the University of South Alabama, begins at 7:30 a.m.