Trinity Cross Country Teams Repeat as SCAC Champions

Trinity Cross Country Teams Repeat as SCAC Champions

Kerrville, Texas - Trinity swept the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive year on Saturday at Schreiner (TX) University.

HIGHLIGHTS

Trinity's men's team won the 8k title with 35 points, beating out Colorado College by six points. The Tiger women took the 6k crown with 20 points, 16 points ahead of Colorado College.

The back-to-back sweep for both teams was the first for Trinity since the 2012 and 2013 championships.

Trinity's men won the championship for the third time in four years and the fifth overall. The Tiger women garnered the top prize for the fourth time in Trinity history.

Elliot Blake won the men's event in 25:34.82, the second-fastest SCAC Championship time in Trinity history and the 18th overall mark in the meet's record books. The Tiger senior also became the SCAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year, marking the sixth time a Trinity student-athlete garnered the award. The last to receive the honor was Taylor Piske in 2015.

Blake led four Tiger men who earned All-SCAC honors. Harry Bellow was runner-up to his teammate, Keaton Holt came in seventh, and Brian Wongchotigul was #10. Daniel Henkes just missed All-SCAC recognition with a 15th-place finish.

Trinity's women took the first three positions, led by SCAC champion Molly McCullough who clocked in at 21:51.98. McCullough's mark is Trinity's fourth-fastest in meet history and the ninth overall at the SCAC Championship. The Tiger senior became the SCAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, marking the sixth time a Trinity competitor earned the distinction.

The Tigers led the list of All-SCAC honorees with seven on the list. In addition to McCullough, Brianna Ratliff was runner-up, while Laura Taylor placed third. Taylor was the 2017 SCAC Runner of the Year. Jordan Juran was a sixth-place finisher, Allison Hill came in eighth, Samantha Simank was 13th, and Gabi Amaya placed 14th.

McCullough and Wongchotigul have the added distinction of earning All-SCAC honors for the fourth consecutive year.

Trinity's teams are led by fifth-year Head Coach Emily Daum, who has now earned three SCAC titles on the men's side and two on the women's during her tenure as head coach.

 

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The Tigers will compete November 10 at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championships at Mount Berry, Georgia.