Kentucky State University men’s and women’s cross country competed in the Berea College Mike and Mary Kay Invitational on Saturday.

Both squads finished in the bottom third of the overall team standings, but according to head coach Fatimah Shabazz, it was a tune-up after some early year limitations.

“I am very proud of the hard work and determination that our Thorobreds and Thorobrettes showed this weekend,” said Shabazz. “It was our first meet compared to other teams second or third. We went into the meet knowing that we were freshly back from injury and sickness, but it didn’t stop us from showing a lot of heart out on the course. We have two weeks to adjust and fix a few training errors.”

Senior Brianna Patterson led the way for the Thorobrettes with a finish of 24.03.2, improving her average time from a season ago in the 5k, at 26:12.3. Patterson will look to improve in the coming weeks, aiming to surpass her personal best from last season’s SIAC Championship time of 22:54.29.

Sophomore transfer Cameron Galloway turned in a successful debut for the Thorobreds as he set the pace with a time of 28:48.7 in the men’s five-mile run. His finishing time slotted him at the 19th position overall, with 103 participants.

Next up for KSU will be the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 30.

by Eric Mathews

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