Women’s Cross Country Wins Sixth Straight!

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It was a historic day for the Patriot Cross Country programs at the Heartland Conference Cross Country Championships this weekend. Hosted by Newman University the Patriot Cross Country squads traveled to Wichita, Kansas for the event.

For the first time in the history of the conference, the Lady Patriots recorded a perfect 15-point scoreon their way to winning their sixth straight Conference Championship. The Lady Patriots were led by Conference MVP Kelsey Bruce, who won her second straight Conference Championship. Following Bruce was freshman Anna Salazar who was second in her first Conference Championship and was named Freshman of the Year. Junior Julie Durrwachter was the third lady across the line to earn her third All-Heartland Conference honor of her career. Sophomores Sarah Rayasand Glynnis Meade were fourth and fifth across the line respectively; both ladies are now two-time All-Heartland Conference.

“You cannot get better than a perfect score. We talked about sweeping it before the race and these ladies did just that. This is something that I have never seen at the championship level before,” said head coach Jake Phillips.

After the first through fifth sweep, the Lady Patriots did not stop there; sophomore Hanna Rice came in at eighth place to earn her first All-Heartland Conference honor. Sophomores Katie Mark and Tiffany Brown were 11th and 13th respectively to earn All-Heartland Conference Second Team honors.

“We had six ladies in the top eight and eight in the top 15,” said Phillips. “That’s something that has not been done before! It was a great day for our ladies program. They’ve put in so much work this year and today it showed. We’ve got the regional championships in two weeks and we’re looking to fight our way to the NCAA National Championships.”

The Patriot men were involved in their own historic race on Saturday as they were announced Conference Champions before a scoring mishap changed the tally. When the scores came out the Patriots held a one point advantage over host Newman University. It was found that a runner from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith was incorrectly placed before a Newman University runner which changed the final tally. Once this happened the scores read Dallas Baptist University 56 points, with an average team time of 27:03 and Newman University 56 points, with an average team time of 27:06.

The team with the highest placing fifth runner would break the tie. Unfortunately for the Patriots that went to Newman University.

“We did just about everything we could today,” said Phillips. “It’s a terrible feeling to walk away tied, but still losing. This will definitely drive us over the next year to be better.”

Though the Patriots weren’t able to bring home their third straight championship, there was history made as JuniorJoshua Pauley brought home DBU’s first ever individual Conference Championship. Pauley raced to the lead and never looked back en route to winning.

“With Pauley winning individually it definitely made the team loss a bit easier to swallow, but I bet that he’d rather have that team title,” said Phillips.

Pauley wasn’t the only Patriot to have a successful day. Freshman Chris Springer was third overall and named Freshman of the Year in the conference, while Junior Jacob Phillips was sixth overall to earn his third straight All-Heartland Conference honor.

“We’ve been through a lot this year with the men’s team in regards to injuries and illnesses and these men fought hard today. We’re going to regroup and get ready for the Regional Championship and the NCCAA National Championships,” noted the Patriot Head Coach.

The Patriot Cross Country programs will be back in action in two weeks at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, hosted by Regis University in Denver, Colorado.