This past Saturday, September 21st, the lawrence Technological University cross country programs ran in the Warrior Challenge hosted by Wayne State University in New Boston, Mich. The conditions were warm for both the men's and women's races with the humidity high on a course that required multiple laps and a rather big hill to compete on.
On the men's side, the team finished 5th place, right behind Adrian College (Mich.) an NCAA Division III program. Again, coming across the finish line first for the Blue Devils was Nolan McGahan who grabbed 15th place overall, out of 66. Behind him was John Bowen II in 21st place, Ethan Rozanski at 36th, Alex Towanski at 38th and Jimmy Hoefler at 46th. The final two runners for the Blue Devils were Joshua Adair, crossing the finish line at 50th place. Rounding up the group was the seventh man in the form of Andrew Ulaszek at 60th place.
Head Coach Eric Green stated on the race that it was "the best competition we have raced against so far this season with most of the teams NCAA DII and DIII. The conditions were also warmer then normal for this time of the year which made it a struggle for us in the race." Besides the heat, the men did well for typically working out in the cooler mornings and needing to adjust quickly. This is a stark difference from last year, where the team primarily competed in heat and struggled.
In the women's race, only two Blue Devils ran the course again. This will hopefully change in the upcoming weeks as more lady Blue Devils are coming back from injuries. Leading again was the newcomer Darbey Johnson who came across 31st in the 6k distance. Right behind her was Emily Gandolfi at 32nd place. The gap between the two has only been decreasing as the weeks go on.
The Blue Devils take a break for a week to come back and compete down in Kentucky at the Louisville Classic on October 5th. The women will be running a 5k, which will only prepare them further for that distance which they compete in for conference and nationals.