Sophomore Colin Cotton staying in the pack, with his teammates cheering him on.
Oct. 26, 2012
Complete Men's Results
Complete Women's Results
BRONX, N.Y. - The University of Cincinnati men's and women's cross country teams competed Friday afternoon at the BIG EAST Conference Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
The women's team ran their 6k race first and finished eighth, a program-best finish at the BIG EAST Championships. The team's previous best finish was back-to-back ninth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009.
Sophomore Emily Clay turned in a top 50 performance, placing 47th, while UC placed two additional runners in the top 75. Clay continues her spectacular sophomore campaign where she has taken the top spot in every race this season.
The men's team followed with a seventh-place finish in their 8k race. The seventh-place finish is the team's highest post since recording a sixth-place standing in 2008. The Bearcats' No. 1 runner, sophomore Colin Cotton, added to an already stellar season by finishing 24th. Cotton was joined in the top 50 by senior Chase Beckmann, who posted a 37th place finish and junior Eric Hauser, who turned in a 48th place finish.
With injury plagued rosters and the loss of key runners to graduation, both the men's and women's team managed to improve upon their finishes at the BIG EAST Championships last season. The men improved from last year's eighth-place performance with a seventh-place posting this season, while the women enhanced to an eighth-place standing this season from last season's 12th place finish.
The season continues for each team when they both compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 9, in Madison, Wisc.