Kentucky State University men’s and women’s cross country capped off the 2017 campaign by solidifying themselves in the top half of the conference with sixth place finishes in the SIAC Championships on Friday at Albany State University.
Junior Cameron Galloway picked up another top-10 finish in the men’s 8k as he crossed the finish line at 27:14.6 for ninth place overall. The mark for Galloway was his best of the season with 10 or more competing teams, and over 70 individual competitors. Junior Jacobi Reed added a 28th place finish, coming in at 31:00.4.
Trey Simons of Morehouse College took the overall individual crown with a time of 25:18.0. As a team, MC finished first overall with a combined time of 2:15:22 compared to the Thorobreds’ 2:36:17.
Junior Daphene Brown saved her best for her last as she notched a top-20 finish at the 17th position, crossing the finish line at 22:11.5 in the women’s 5k setting a new personal best. Joining Brown in the top-25 was sophomore Brianna Paterson with a new personal best of 22:50.0 for 23rd overall.
Chanelle Wong and Aaliyah Howard of Albany State University finished first and second overall, paving the way for ASU to take home the team championship, with a combined time of 1:43:46.
“The strides we made as a team this season, makes me excited for the years to come,” said head coach Fatimah Shabazz. “I pushed this team to improve and challenged them at every practice and every meet. Not only did they meet the challenge, but they excelled past it. We have a lot to be excited about when it comes to the growth of our program.
by Eric Mathews