The Warriors concluded their season this past weekend with the KCAC Cross Country Championships hosted at Marion Reservoir. For the first time in the history of the KCAC, twelve teams were represented and 99 men and 90 women competed in each race. Following the same race day schedule as the NAIA Cross Country Championships, the men would race first followed by the women.
Leading the way for the men, Lucas Garrett would finish in school history fashion with a new personal best time of 27:50 and ranks 11th on the All Time Leader Board. That time would place Garrett 28th overall in the KCAC. With a solid 1-2 combo battling for most of the year at each race, the Warriors would not find the same luxury this day. Isaac Barnhart would finish the race over a minute behind Garrett with a time of 28:54. That gap would be costly for the Warriors in the end. Sophomore Aaron Pinkerton ran his 2nd fastest time of his career with a time of 29:22. Freshmen Zach Williams and Scott Jordan would round out the top five for the men, coming in with times of 29:09 and 30:09 respectively. Brett Couture would have a solid race for himself, coming in just twelve seconds off of his PR with a 31:52. The men would go on to finish 8th overall, 10 points out of 7th place.
For the women, the Lady Warriors would see seven athletes race to times under 22:00 and an 8th only two seconds over. Madison Caffrey would again be the #1 for the team, coming in 18th with a time of 20:28. Lacey Buckwalter, Kaitlynn Little, and Renee Lanham would make for a solid 2,3,4 punch, placing 26th, 27th, and 30th respectively with times of 20:50, 21:01, and 21:07. Buckwalter's time would leave her with a new personal best by five seconds. Anna Kuns would make the biggest impression on the women's side, going from their #9 at the first meet of the year to a new PR and a #5 spot with a time of 21:27. Lora Bebermeyer would match her PR with a time of 21:32 and a 43rd place finish. The women would place 4th overall in the KCAC, one of the better team placings in school history.