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ERAU Cross Country Update

20 October 2019   Aaron Michael Siple
KERST BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD AT UCR HIGHLANDER

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Grady Kerst (JR/Au Train, Mich.) of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) became the first Eagle to break the 25 minute mark in a 8-kilometer race at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational on Saturday morning.

The agricultural course on UCR's campus was in perfect condition as there was no rain in the lead up to the race. The UC Riverside course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills, and hard packed dirt with pre-competition watering to reduce dust. It is run through agricultural operations center, which features 100-year-old citrus trees.

We put in a hard week of work, and competed while still a bit tired," Coach Chris Bray said. "This is a good thing and what was needed."

Kerst set the record book aflame as he finished at 24:47 (4:59/mile), good enough for 17th. The junior only finished behind NCAA competitors. Kerst has been improving all season and is getting faster at the right time.

The team's depth helped them finish in seventh behind six NCAA Division I programs. Luke English (JR/Fenton, Mich.) finished in 40th at 25:17 while Austin Luttrell (JR/Santa Fe, N.M.) followed behind at 25:35. Jacob Kaufmann (FR/Saugus, Calif.) was the first freshman to finish at 25:48 and Nicholas Hernandez (JR/Madera, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with his 26:14.

ERAU runs at the California Pacific Conference Championship on November 1. The team will look to win their sixth consecutive conference championship.

 

ANDERSON BREAKS 6K SCHOOL RECORD

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) women's cross-country competed at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational on Saturday where Ariana Anderson (SO/Torrance, Calif.) finished second, breaking the school's record for a 6-kilometer course.

The agricultural course on UCR's campus was in perfect condition as there was no rain in the lead up to the race. The UC Riverside course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills, and hard packed dirt with pre-competition watering to reduce dust. It is run through agricultural operations center, which features 100-year-old citrus trees.

"We put in a hard week of work, and competed while still a bit tired," Coach Chris Bray said. "This is a good thing and what was needed. The 6K race distance was a good change and to understand that we can race 5K faster."

Anderson ran with the leaders most of the race and finished at 20:36 (5:31/mile). 2018 All-American Keili Dorn held the previous record at 21:26. The native of Torrance has been obliterating records all year; she broke her own school and conference record for the 5-kilometer distance last month with a 17:04.

The team ran well and only finished behind NCAA Division I schools. Emma Lewis (SR/Flower Mound, Texas) finished 40th and second for the Eagles at 22:19. Behind her was Meah Wilson (SO/Kingman HS) in 61st with a time of 22:45. Carissa Evans (SO/Prescott, AZ) finished at 23:11 and Caroline Sloan (SO/Gilbert, Ariz.) rounded out the scoring in 23:21.

ERAU will run at the California Pacific Conference Championships on November 1, where they will be the favorites to win. This would be their fifth consecutive conference championship.

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