Strong showings from Emily Martin and Eric Klein paced the Creighton women’s and men’s cross country teams on Saturday morning at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
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Martin finished the 5K Percy Warner Park course in a time of 18:06.9, making her the 12th fastest runner in school history at that distance. She took 52nd of 261 runners to help the Creighton women to a 14th place finish among 25 teams. CU’s score of 369 fell behind meet winner Eastern Michigan (68), which edged Ohio State (87) and host Vanderbilt (124) for event crown.
Vanessa Miller placed 58th, clocking in just behind Martin with a time of 18:10.7. Miller moved from 15th to 13th place in the school record books with the finish.
Megan Paule took 66th with a time of 18:15.2, while Adriana Kammerer (96th, 18:39.9) and Grace Mimmack (124th, 18:54.3) rounded out CU’s scoring contributors. Kammerer’s time was also a personal best in a 5K race as a Bluejay.
The men took 16th in a field of 23 teams, but did beat host Vanderbilt, while finishing with a score of 415. Middle Tennessee topped the field with a score of 63 to edge out Georgia (81), Ohio State (106), Butler (116) and Missouri (150) for the team title.
Eric Klein paced the CU men with a 57th-place finish, clocking a time of 26:01.0. Patrick Reinschmidt was CU’s second-best finisher with a time of 26:20.7 on the 8K course, taking 86th. Nine seconds behind him with a 26:29.3 time was Jacob Ohnstad, who placed 95th. Ty Medd (107th, 26:39.3), Spencer De Jong (116th, 26:42.6), Chase Howard (117th, 26:43.5) and Nicholas Monkemeyer (120th, 26:46.6) rounded out CU’s lead pack.
The Creighton men return to the course next Saturday when it heads to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. The Bluejay women are off until the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 1.