On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Southern Utah University cross country team traveled to compete in the University of California, Riverside Invitational.
The men’s team came firing on all cylinders, taking first place as a team in both open and invitational categories.
In the open race, the Thunderbirds were led by junior Nethaneel Taylor, who took first place in the category, finishing with a time of 24 minutes and 59.6 seconds, two seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
Behind Taylor was freshman Logan Peele, coming in at ninth place and ending with a time of 25:13.9.
On the invitational side of things, SUU was led by redshirt senior Travis Feeny, who ran a blazing time of 23:47.6 and finished in fourth place. Behind Feeny, finishing sixth and seventh, were redshirt senior Santiago Gaitan and sophomore Jacob Peterson, finishing with times of 23:49.9 and 23:51.6.
The women’s team only competed in the invitational race, but they still shined with a sixth-place team finish.
Leading the Thunderbirds was junior Sariah Hernandez, who took ninth with a time of 20:28.4. The next finishers for SUU were freshman duo Taylor Jorgensen and Daisy Baker, running 21:13.7 and 21:29.7 and finishing in 27th and 40th, respectively.
Next up for the Thunderbirds is the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Sept. 29.
Story by: Aidan Mortensen
Photo by: SUU Athletics