GSC XC teams race last time in regular season in WVIAC

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed this past weekend at Pipestem State Park. Host school Concord University held their annual Concord Alumni Invitational and several in-conference schools took part in the challenge along with in-state foe WVU Tech. The women’s 5k race was first and it wasn’t long before Rachel Williams of the host school rolled to a dominant victory in a time of 20:17. Williams set the tone for her team as Concord was just four points off a perfect score as they cruised to an easy victory.

The first Pioneer to complete the 5k course was Senior Nicole Himes in a time of 23:38. Not too far behind her was Junior Danielle Perkins in a time of 24:00. Upperclassmen Kayleigh Huck, Chelsea Stickleman, and Beth Deren rounded out the scoring for the Lady Pioneers and gave them a fourth place showing behind Concord, runner-up Ohio Valley University, and right behind conference foe Davis and Elkins. The team squeaked in front of Bluefield State and also had a better day on the course than the Golden Bears of WVU Tech but WVU Tech didn’t have a complete squad.

The men’s 8k race was almost identical to the women’s race. Robby Peters of Concord dominated the race in astonishingly relaxed fashion with a victory that was over a minute faster than his nearest with a time of 26:19. His team followed his lead and easily outdistanced the second place Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley University. The first Pioneer to complete the race was Senior TJ Abel. Abel completed the difficult five-mile course in a time of 27:32. Although out of eligibility for cross country, Dustin Wood also placed in the top 10 of the race as an unattached Pioneer. This gives the Pioneer’s track team tremendous hope for the upcoming season. Freshmen Josh James and Zach Burnside finished 25th and 26th respectively with Junior Boris Nimcevic close behind in 27th. Sophomore Tyler Wilson was the final scorer for the Pioneers in 31st place while Freshman Kyle Hartlebin was the final Pioneer to complete the race in 36th place. Like the girls team, the men finished behind Concord, Ohio Valley University, and the Senators of Davis and Elkins College. However it was the Golden Bears of WVU Tech who they defeated. Bluefield State also performed worse than the Pioneers on the day but were just one runner short of a complete team. Even so their team score was higher than the Pioneers with just four runners compared to the score the Pioneers had with five finishing the race.
(The lowest score wins a cross country meet)

The Pioneer teams won’t run another race this regular season, taking the final week off. The post season starts October 20 against the rest of the conference. That day the Pioneers will travel to Greensburg, Pennsylvania in the final West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship hosted by conference member Seton Hill.

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