Lewis cross country teams racing to receive recognition

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Photo by Steve Woltman
Sophomore Abby Tripp places fourth in the Flyers/Flames Challenge.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

Both the men’s and wom­en’s cross country teams at Lewis University are start­ing off their seasons strong with high rankings from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and fighting against some great competition in their home Fly­ers/Flames Challenge held at Lewis on Nov. 3.

The women’s team beat out four of the six teams at the race, including University of Illinois Chicago and Chicago State.

Five of the Flyers finished within the top 25, being lead by sophomore Abby Tripp with a time of 15:23.2, placing Tripp fourth overall. Other top 25 finishers were sophomores Megan Shaffer (6) and Ashley Lafayette (16), junior Molly Ogren (20) and senior Abby Dodis (25).

Men’s cross country also had a great meet, placing higher than three of the six teams in the competition. Ju­nior Andrew Timmons was the top finisher for the Flyers, completing the race in 20:02.1 and placing in the top 25 over­all. junior Jacob Timmons also squeezed right into the top 25, coming in at 24th with a time of 20:07.6.

Lewis Flyers cross coun­try heads to Notre Dame and Warrenville, Ill. to compete in two more meets during the month of September.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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