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Men's & Women's XC - Tue, Oct. 29, 2013
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Judson men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 26 and put together solid showings.


The Eagles ran alongside more than 700 runners that made up the talented field consisting of nearly 20 teams (both men's and women's) that were mentioned in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll.


The women's team entered the competition receiving nine votes in the latest poll – the lowest rated team of the 13 teams – but that did not stop them from exceeding expectations.


Led by senior Meaghan Gard-Ciochon who finished 8th in the field and bested her own record with an 18:19 mark, Judson finished 11th out of 33 teams. The Eagles defeated vote-receiving schools, St. Ambrose and Cumberlands by two and half minutes total time respectively and just 25 seconds behind (RV) Huntington and less than a minute behind no. 19 Aquinas.


Second year head coach, Tim Ciochon was esctactic with his team's performance.


"The two most notable performances came from Rachel Cavender who ran a personal best on the season of 19:22. [She was] a much needed fourth runner.


"Sarah Miller also ran her second fastest time collegiately in 19:02," continued Ciochon. "Outside of the top seven varsity runners, there were excellent times with a slew of personal bests on the season."


The men finished 36 th out of 37 schools; but battled as they were with the no. three runner, Charles Sievers and through some illnesses to compete.  


Elijah Bobell led the way with a personal best of 29:09. Jared Escobar also ran a personal best by over a minute for a mid-31 minute performance. Trevor Sheedlo, Bryan Cherry, and Mason Mellinger all ran personal bests for their careers.


Judson will have a full week off to train for the CCAC Meet on Nov. 9 in Valparaiso, Ind.