The Louisburg Cross Country teams both ran solid races as they opened the 2018 Campaign at Appalachian State.
The women's team ran a very solid average time of 21:49 as they defeated Region X rivals Spartanburg Methodist for first time in past 4 years. The women's team was led by newcomer Halei Ward who came 41st with a time of 20:23 for the 5 km race, and was followed closely by teammate Hailey Euler who ran 20:28. Michaela Ackerman 21:56, Adanna Thomas 23:09, and Imperial Harris 23:10 completed the results for the women's squad.
The men's team finished a very respectable 5th place in a field full of division one and two teams defeating UNC-Ashville, West Florida, Mars Hill and Regional Rival Spartansburg Methodist in the process. The Canes were led by All-American Kyle Hinson who ran 26:10 for 8km while freshman Albert Norman and Andrew Inman followed narrowly behind in 26:39 and 26:54 in their first race for the Canes. Anthony Hall 27:55, and Walker Hirsch 27:58 closed out the scoring for Louisburg. While Dennis McChesky 28:55, Maleik Smalls 29:47, Justin Olivas 30:39 , and Zaire Jordan 32:52 Closed out the results for the Canes.
"I'm pretty excited with this result" said Head Coach Josh Hayman. "Obviously coming into the first race of the season you're nervous because you don't know exactly how they will hang in a race situation, but the freshman ran well for and the sophomores showed their experience in their first true test of the year. I am very excited to see what we can do the remainder of this season. I think we can set our goals pretty high for both the Men's and Women's team. As long as they keep working we can do some pretty special things."
The Women's team continues their season next Saturday as they travel to Fayetteville for the Methodist Inviational while they men take the week off to train and race at the Lenoir Rhyne Invite September 14th.
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