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Midway women’s cross country wins at Run for the Water Barrel, men third

MIDWAY UNIVERSITY’S WOMENS’ CROSS COUNTRY TEAM poses with first place trophy. From left to right are Cassie Fryman, Nataly Gonzalez, Josette Isaacs, Julia Sammet, Rachelle Felski, Philippa Asherwood, Madeline Segars, Emily Chandler, and Ann Oakley. (Midway University Athletics photo)

On Friday, Sept. 14, the Midway University cross country teams travelled to Winchester to compete in the Run for the Water Barrel. Leading the way for the women’s team in the 5,000 meter race, was freshman Emily Chandler (Elizabethtown) who finished first with a school record time of 21:59. Finishing second was Julia Sammet (Lexington) in 22:30. Other medalists included Philippa Asherwood (Zambia, Africa) in fifth, Madeline Segars (White House, TN) and Rachelle Felski (Winber, PA). The Midway ladies placed first with 25 points. Placing second was conference rival Alice Lloyd with 46. Asbury placed third with 53. For the first time in a regular season meet, Midway fielded a men’s team. The men were lead by medalist Jacob Stinnett (Leitchfield) who finished seventh. Making up the rest of the men’s team was Dylan Simpson (Dawson Springs), Shawn Dickerson (Taylorsville,) and Devan Baker (also of Dawson Springs) who finished in a 17, 18, 19 pack and Zach Gibson (Whitley City) in 22nd. “I was extremely pleased with the results of both teams,” said Midway Head Coach Rob Lyon. “The women placed five in the top 10 and really ran well as a team. Emily Chandler ran a gutsy race on a difficult course. Julia Sammet ran a very tactical race to give us a one, two sweep. The men ran well in difficult conditions. Jacob Stinnett ran well in his first 8K to place to earn his first college medal. The men were also hurt by the loss of last year’s number one runner, Cameron Botkin, who went down with an ankle injury.”

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