EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Keith Meyer and Haley Miller were the top runners for SIUE Cross Country Saturday at the John Flamer Invitational on the campus of SIUE.
Meyer won the men's 8K race in a time of 25 minutes, 2.84 seconds, on the wet SIUE Cross Country Course. He defeated the next fastest runner, David O'Gara of Washington University, by more than 30 seconds.
"In cross country, we have to be ready for anything," said SIUE Assistant Coach Kayla Brown. "It (the rain) made the course messy at some point. Overall it was a good day."
Miller turned in SIUE's fastest time in the women's 6K run in 22:29.47, a personal best for the junior.
"All our returners had a meet best," added Brown. "We're just running more as a team."
In the men's race, SIUE edged Saint Louis 27-28 for the men's title. After Meyer's winning time, SIUE was strong with Ben Scamihorn (2nd, 25:41.28), Tyler Owens (5th, 26:12.26), Anthony Holshouser (9th, 26:52.58), Anthony O'Connor (10th, 27:09.94), Landon Skelly (12th, 27:32.28) and Austin Woodard (13th, 27:41.39)
Brown said Meyer's lead propelled the Cougars.
"The rest of the group fed off it better than in previous meet," she said. "They had a better start and we had some good packs. It will just be about moving those packs up a bit."
In the women's race, SIUE overpowered Saint Louis 18-38 with five of the top six runners in the dual. The SIUE finishers included Erin Kennedy (2nd, 22:31.65), Allie Sweatt (23:12.78), Jess Clarke (5th, 23:17.97), Aly Goff (6th, 23:24.94), Keri Burmester (10th, 25:03.04) and Haley Quinn (12th, 26:45.55).
"We came into it with our focus being on closing the gaps from No. 1 to No. 7, and I think we did that on both sides," said Brown. "The women definitely worked together, especially our top two."