GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) seems unstoppable. After missing the first two meets of the No. 6 Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team’s season, Ray has proven that she is here to run and run with the best. In what was one of the strongest fields the Tigers have faced all season, Ray crossed the finish line in 17:56.75, a new personal best and second in a field of 363 racers.
The Tigers finished second overall, behind No. 10 Taylor University (Ind.). They topped No. 5 University of St. Francis (Ill.) who finished a distant third. Rounding out the top five were Indiana Tech and Texas Wesleyan University. In all 39 teams were represented.
Ray was one of only two runners to cross the finish line in a sub-18 minute time. The Tigers were one of only two teams to have all five runners finish under 19 minutes.
Finishing second for ONU was junior Leah Livingston (Gibson City, Ill.) with a time of 18:31.93. Next, a pack of Tigers finished 25-26-27, led by sophomore Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) at 18:45.78. Right on Pilat’s heals was freshman Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) at 18:46.79 and senior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.) at 18:46.81.
Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when they go head-to-head with St. Francis again, this time in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Meet. The race is hosted by Calumet College of St. Joe (Ind.) and will take place at Sunset Hill Farm Community Park in Valparaiso, Ind. The women’s start time is set for 11:00 a.m.