Oct. 15, 2011
By Robin Thuringer
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The Southern Illinois University cross country teams traveled to Evansville, Ind. for the University of Evansville Invitational Saturday and came home with first place honors in the men's 8K and second place in the women's 5K.
The men's team was dominant placing seven runners in the top-25 to win their second team title of the season. Senior Neal Anderson led the way placing second overall with a time of 25:12.18. Brian Dixon followed in the third spot with a time of 25:16.30.
Just behind Dixon were Zach Dahleen placing fifth with a time of 25:34.96 and Cole Allison placing sixth posting a time of 25:36.32. Lucas Cherry finished with a time of 25:51.58 to round out the top ten.
Kulayifi Haji placed 20th with a time of 26:22.11, Evan Ehrenheim followed closely placing 23rd with a time of 26:30.94. TJ Heffernan and Brad Wrage also competed for the Salukis placing 28th and 82nd, respectively.
On the women's side once again Lacey Gibson was the top finisher for the Salukis placing second overall with a 5K finish time of 18:14.79.
"Lacey Gibson continues to shine. Her confidence is growing by the week," Sparks said. "We just need the other girls to feed off of her energy."
"I am proud of their efforts, finishing second behind a good Belmont team is nothing to be embarrassed about."
The Salukis will look to continue their success when they travel to Terra Haute, Ind. on Oct. 30 to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.