Pfeiffer Cross Country Has One of Fastest Days In School History
October 11, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pfeiffer competed at the Royal Cross-Country Challenge on Friday where the men finished 13th, and the women finished 18th. For the 8-K race, Pfeiffer's man averaged a time of 27:44, while the ran the 5-k course in an average time of 21:17.
The men were led by senior Cody Jones who ran a personal best time of 27:25. Freshman Chris Laughlin was not far behind, finishing in 27:29. Henry Furman was Pfeiffer's third runner, finishing in 27:46 just ahead of sophomore Dillon Edwards who finished and 27:53. Josh Wilhoit was the fifth scoring runner for Pfeiffer, finishing just outside of the 27 minute mark at 28:00. Nick Owens was just five seconds back and sixth for Pfeiffer.
"Today was a great day for us,” commented Coach Nolt. "I don't know that we've ever had a faster overall race." Pfeiffer had eight of its nine runners run career-best 8-k times.
The women also had a fast day, even with three runners not suiting up. Cori Newton again led the way for the Falcons, finishing with a career fast 19:53. Janna Featherstone was just 20 seconds behind and also ran her career best time of the 20:13. Mary Stegall was third for Pfeiffer finishing with a time of 21:12, and Trista Byers fourth on the team finishing in 21:58.
"The girls did a great job stepping up today. We knew we were shorthanded, and the girls rose to the occasion and ran some of the best races of their career," remarked Coach Nolt after the race.
The cross-country team races next at Frank Liske Park in the Conference Carolinas meet on October 25.