Coming off a pair of titles last week at the Disney World Cross Country Classic, the Youngstown State men's and women's cross country teams are back in action this week.
The women's team is in a pair of races with one group heading to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National Open Meet on Friday, Oct. 18, while another set of female runners and the men's team head to the Canisius Alumni Open on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Sophomore Chris Butler has been the Penguins' top runner on the men's side over the last two races. He won the Disney World Classic with a time of 25:22.1 last weekend and posted a time of 25:18.92 at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 4. That time at Notre Dame ranks ninth in YSU history in the 8K.
Cole Takes Title
Freshman Morgan Cole posted the first victory of her career winning the Disney World Classic with time of 18:15.2.
Last Time Out
At the Disney World Classic, the women's victory marked the program's second straight championship in Orlando, Fla. The Penguins posted the top five finishers. Along with Cole, Natalie Fleming ran an 18:30.7 to place second, Nicole Squatrito posted a time of 18:33.7 to finish third and Ashleigh Rowley placed fourth with a time of 18:35.0. Maggie Sebest was fifth with a time of 18:40.5.
The men's team recorded the 8K's top five six runners, seven of the top eight and eight of the top 11, and won the event by 73 points. Tyler Polman was second at 25:23.1 and Derek Basinger finished third with a time of 25:30.0. Matt Mangus came in fourth with a time fo 26:02.6, Ethan Sparks was fifth and posted a time of 26:22.5 and Cole Lovett turned in a time of 26:52.3.
After an idle week, the Penguins will compete in the Horizon League Championship, Nov. 2, when the men's team seeks in second straight title and the third in four years, while the women's team goes for its first championship since 2014.