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Midway cross country has success in Winchester

The Midway University women's cross country team turned in its best performance of the season on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, when they traveled to Winchester to compete in the Run for the Water Barrel. The Eagles finished the event with a total team score of 45 to finish in second place overall in the final standings. They defeated Pikeville (Ky.) by 14 points, who finished in third place with a total score of 59. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) won the event with a total team score of 25. They finished with a total time of 2:01.25 for an average of 24:17 per individual. The Eagles were led by sophomore Morgan Knox, who took home individual medalist honors in the event. The Tipton, Ind., native defeated 22 other runners to come in first place with a time of 23:22.8 for an average of 7:31.0 per mile. Finishing in 10th and 11th respectively in the event was the freshman duo of Philippa Asherwood (Chisamba, Zambia) and Josette Isaacs (Grayson, Ky.). Along with Knox, both Asherwood and Isaacs medaled in the event. Asherwood took home a 10th place finish with a time of 24:52.7 for an average mile time of 8:00.0. Isaacs posted an 11th place finish with a time of 25:03.1 with a average time of 8:03.3 per mile. Up next for the Eagles was junior Nicole Schowalter (Dayton, Ky.) and sophomore Rachelle Felski (Windber, Pa.). Schowalter collected a 13th place finish with a time of 26:53.4, while Felski came in at 14th place posting a time of 26:59.3. The final two runners in action for the Eagles were Yajeidy Gonzalez (Lexington, Ky.) and Cassie Fryman (Brooksville, Ky.). Gonzalez and Fryman tallied finishing times of 32:06.5 and 36:19.9, respectively. The Eagles will take some time to savor their second-place finish as they will return to the course on Friday, Oct. 13, when they compete in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio. Men's team The Midway University men's cross country team was back in action on Thursday when the Eagles competed in their third event of the season after running in the Run for the Water Barrel in Winchester. The Eagles had two runners compete in the event; therefore, their scores didn't count in the team standings. The freshman duo of Cameron Botkin (Brooksville, Ky.) and Dylan Simpson (Dawson Springs, Ky.) were the only two to compete for Midway. Both Botkin and Simpson medaled in the event. Botkin led the way for Rob Lyon's squad as he took home a sixth-place finish in the event. The freshman finished the 8,000 meters in a time of 31:44.7 for an average mile of 6:23.2. Botkin's time broke the school record that he previously held. Simpson also took home a 10th place finish in the Run for the Water Barrel. Simpson came in with a time of 33:07 for an average of 6:39.9 per mile. The Eagles will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 13, when they travel to Wilmington, Ohio, to compete in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic.

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