Kaitlyn Shea of the cross country team is off to a strong start in the 2017 season. Kaitlyn took home first-place finishes in back-to-back weeks at the Walt Crawford Open and the Forest Park Cross Country Festival.
At the Forest Park Festival, Shea beat out the second-place finisher by over 20 seconds, finishing with a time of 18:24.61. The week before at the Walt Crawford Open, she finished with a time of 17:48, marking her first ever win in a 5K cross country race in her college career.
Head cross country coach Ryan Lane has been pleased with how Shea has looked to start the season. "She has put in a lot of work to get to the next level, so when she gets into every race she's just got this killer instinct," said Lane.
The women’s cross country was predicted in the preseason poll to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference. Although both the men and women finished in second place at the Forest Park meet, Coach Lane has been pleased with how the teams have been racing so far this season.
"We were working on running together as a team, we came out very conservative," said Lane. "Neither team finished as highly as they would have had we raced all out, but this was a good opportunity to finish off our preseason and be ready to go at Louisville."
The Southeast cross country teams have had a couple weeks off from racing, and they will compete again on September 30 at the Louisville Classic.
Meanwhile, the Redhawks Volleyball team returns home to Houck Field House this weekend. The Redhawks have begun OVC play and will host Jacksonville State tomorrow at 2 p.m. The volleyball team will sign autographs for fans after the match.
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