2008
Individual performances highlight cross country at UW-Oshkosh

Individual performances highlight cross country at UW-Oshkosh
October 18, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine's cross country teams were part of over 900 competitors at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational Cross Country Meet last Saturday. The Eagle women finished 27th and the men were 32nd. But the real "victory" of the day were the individual race performances - where 10 of Benedictine's 12 entrants, combined between the men and women - was able to run their best time of the season. Senior Jen Murray had the most impressive showing. The Zion, Ill. (Zion-Benton Township H.S.) native lopped over 1:22 minutes off of her own personal-best and registered the best six-kilometer time of the year by an Eagle runner when she ran a 24:09.01. Murry's time is also the fifth-fastest 6K time in Benedictine women's cross country history. Fellow senior Hannah Miller - who holds the sixth-best 6K time (set two weeks ago) - was BU's second finisher at 25:40.46, followed by freshman Danielle Smith's 25:46.77. On the men's side, freshman Danny Graham knocked 48 seconds off of the best eight-kilometer time during his brief college career, clocking a 29:05.13. Graham's effort as the second-best 8K time of the season by a BU runner. Benedictine's second finisher was another freshman in Josh Sherer, who ran a 29:26.70. Junior Alex Arman - whos 28:53 is the best 8K time of the year thus far - posted a time of 29:39.22 at the Oshkosh meet. Junior Steve Essig was the Eagles' fourth finisher at 30:34.16

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