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Truman cross country teams secure top-fivefFinishes at GLVC Championships

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - For the first time in 10 years and first time as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Truman State University hosted the conference championships for men's and women's cross country. In the GLVC's 34th annual women's 6,000-meter run, the Bulldogs took fourth place out of 13 teams, and in the 39th annual 8,000-meter race, the Purple and White finished in fifth out of 12 squads. For the women, that marks their highest finish since a third-place showing in 2011 while the men haven't been amongst the top five teams since the year before that.

Individually, starting with the women, they were led by Michaela Hylen who crossed the finish line in 12th place with a time of 22:53.39. Both Hylen and Kelly Doerr in 13th place (22:53.84) secured All-GLVC honors for being amongst the 15 best runners. Next up for the Bulldogs and also in the top 30 was Courtney Bakken in 27th and she was clocked at 23:39.51.

Five spots back of Bakken was Gemma Saathoff in 32nd with a time of 23:45.92. After those four, the three that rounded out the scoring for the Purple and White were Carly Garnett in 37th (23:53.31), Kim Kaster in 42nd (24:11.65) and Emily Harl (pictured) in 43rd (24:13.35).

On the men's side, Brice Pavey (pictured) was the frontrunner for Truman in ninth place with a time of 25:11.13. Next up for the Bulldogs and just inside the top 25 was Keegan Walsh in 23rd at 25:56.88 and Michael Grasing was just six spots back in 29th with a time of 26:11.87. Fourth to cross the finish line for the Purple and White and also securing a top-50 finish was Thomas Cormier in 48th with a mark of 26:35.89.

Clustered together and finishing up the scoring for Truman was Branden Schaff in 77th (27:16.64), Bryan Chac in 83rd (27:27.90) and Ben Wingo in 86th (27:29.79).

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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