Transylvania men’s cross country posts record finish, women’s team sets high marks at 2019 HCAC Cross Country Championships

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Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania cross country team turned in a historic performance at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Rose-Hulman at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course on Sunday afternoon.

Led by Jacob Burnam, who posted a 27th place finish with a time of 28:43, the Transylvania men's team placed 7th overall in the team standings on Sunday, the best finish in program history.

On the women's side, the Pioneers were paced by Kortney Smith, who finished the race in 23rd place with a time of 26:11. Smith's teammate Josie Cunningham followed closely behind with a time of 26:38. As a team, the Pioneers finished in 8th place, the team's strongest showing since the 2011 season.

Transylvania head coach Matt Roden was impressed with the way his team performed under postseason pressure. "Our goal to start the season was to finish better than last year, and we accomplished that today for both sides," remarked Roden. "The race today was a tricky one with some of the race having head-on wind gusts. Our athletes stuck to their game plan, and we are extremely proud of how the day went."

The Pioneers will wrap up the 2019 season with a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, November 16. The race is set for an 11:00 a.m. start at the Gainey Athletic Complex on the campus of Calvin University.

"The teamwork and camaraderie we experienced today will carry forward as we look toward the Great Lakes regional competition in two weeks to end our season," added Roden.

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