DBUPatriots.com – The DBU Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams each posted exceptional results at the South Central Regional Preview in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, as the No. 17 Lady Patriots claimed first place, while the Men’s team posted a third place finish. DBU’s Cashlee Rayas notched her second victory of the year, clocking a 23:06 in the Women’s 6k, while her brother, Stetson Rayas, finished a team-best fourth place with a time of 26:29 in the 8k.
Racing against a field of 11 teams, the Lady Patriots scored 23 points, as six runners placed in the top 10. Following Rayas’ first place showing was Julia Pieper, who finished fourth, followed by Micaela Lamb (fifth), Brianna Ortiz (sixth), Leah Lewis (seventh), andDanielle Rimann (tenth).
On the Men’s side, DBU totaled 55 points to finish just one point behind UC-Colorado Springs for second place and 19 points back of Metro State for the top spot. Along with Rayas’ fourth place finish, Andrew Curry also finished in the top 10, as he crossed the finish line in sixth place.
DBU HEAD COACH JACOB PHILLIPS ON THE WOMEN’S FIRST PLACE FINISH
“We came here today to see if there were any adjustments that we needed to make for the Regional Championships in November here in Denver. The goal from day one has been to return to the NCAAA Championships and be a top 10 team. After today, I believe that’s a reality. This was our first 6k of the year, at altitude, and the girls ran well together. We are excited for these next five weeks to come back and race for a chance to get back to the NCAAs.”
DBU HEAD COACH JACOB PHILLIPS ON THE MEN’S THIRD PLACE SHOWING
“When the season started, these men didn’t have the NCAA Championships on their minds, but we fully believe that we are capable of that now. It’s going to be tough and we’ll definitely be the underdog, but I do believe that we can put it together with these young men in the next four to five weeks.”
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
23:51.77 – Average time for the DBU Women’s team in the 6k race.
27:03.34 – The DBU Men’s team’s average time in the 8k.
3 – The Lady Patriots won their third race of the 2016 season with their first place showing at today’s South Central Regional Preview.
DBU travels to Shawnee, Oklahoma, for the Oklahoma Baptist University Invite on October 8. It will be the team’s final race before the Heartland Conference Championship on October 22 in Mansfield, Texas.