Smith and Burnam pace Pioneer cross country teams in final regular season tune-up at Cardinal Classic

Men's times

Muncie, Ind. – The Transylvania cross country team wrapped up the 2019 regular season with a strong showing at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State University at the Muncie Elks Country Club on Friday night.

"Today turned out to be a great tune-up meet as we now shift our focus to the conference championship in a few weeks," commented Transylvania cross country head coach Matt Roden. "The team is peaking at the right time and we had several personal and season-best times today, as well as a program top-10 performance." 

Kortney Smith and Josie Cunningham placed 26th and 27th respectively for Transylvania as they completed the team's first full 6K event of the season. Smith finished the race in a time of 25:46.7, a Transylvania top-10 mark in 6K program history, while Cunningham finished just behind in 26:12.

 "Kortney highlighted the day clocking in with the seventh-fastest time in program history as the women competed in their first official 6K race of the season," remarked Roden. "She competed very well today and outpaced several NCAA Division I athletes. Overall the women put forth a great effort day."

Jacob Burnam led the Pioneers in the men's race, completing the 8K event in a time of 27:24.7, slotting the sophomore in 14th place. Burnam finished ahead of several Division I runners from Butler, Miami (Ohio), and Northern Kentucky.

"On the men's side, we had some ups and downs, but several of our runners also showed great spirit in passing several Division I runners," said Roden. 

The Pioneers will now turn their attention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. The race is set for Sunday, November 3.

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