BETTENDORF, Iowa - After a two-week layoff, the Calumet College of St. Joseph men and women cross country teams hit the course again at the Fighting Bee Invitational hosted by fellow CCAC member Saint Ambrose University. While the women had to race as individuals, both squads turned in some of the best results of the season Saturday morning in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Matt King led the Crimson Wave men's team to an 8th place finish among 12 other teams competing in the race. King, a senior, ran a personal best 27:51 to place 25th overall among 141 runners in the 8K race. Also breaking the 28-minute barrier, while crossing the finish line 28th with a personal best time of 27:56, was sophomore Robert Davis (SO/Baton Rouge, La.). Davis' time was over two minutes better than his results last season. Coming across in 40th with a time of 28:11 was Roger Malonda (SR/Barcelona, Spain), and right behind him was senior Deonta Pittman (SR/Hazelcrest, Ill.) in 66th with a time of 29:28. The quartet came through the four mile together before the rolling hills began to take a toll on. Despite the physical exhaustion they still finished less than two minutes from each other.
Rounding out the men's results were Anthony DelValle (SO/Hammond, Ind.), a freshman runner placing 92nd in a time of 30:43. Fellow freshman Addison Barnhill (FR/Highland, Ind.) stayed close DelValle to finish in 102nd place, good enough for a 31:15 clocking. Finishing in the top 7 varsity was Luis Munoz (JR/Chicago, Ill.) running 32:34 for 119th place and freshman Gabe Rocha with a time of 32:43 in 120th place. Coach Rick Torres was satisfied with the effort despite the course conditions. "The weather finally cooperated and although the rolling hills took a little out of the young runners legs, I am happy with the positive effort everyone gave. The results we saw here today are something to definitely build on for the next meet."
In the women's race, freshman Grace Dwyer (FR/Lake Station, Ind.) broke from teammate Kellyn Vale (SO/Schererville, Ind.) to finish first for the Lady Wave, touring the 5000 Meter terrain in 21:10, good enough for 24th place. Vale was on Dwyer's heels for 2.5 miles before Dwyer pulled away late in the race. Vale finished in 35th place for a time of 21:43. Running without a complete team, the only other competitor for the Crimson Wave was Hannah Carr (JR/White Pigeon, Mich.), who placed 94th in a time of 25:16.
With Conference a little less than a month away on November 4th, the Lady Wave hope to have everyone back at full strength to make a run at the Conference Championships, looking to finish better than last year's 11th place result. "Dwyer and Vale complement each other well in training sessions, as well as races so far this season. We look forward to senior Celeste Rosillo (SR/Hammond, Ind.) joining them to make a formidable trio up front," said Torres. "We just have to work on those 4th through 6th runners to score in the upper half during the conference."
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