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Five PRs for SIUE Women's Cross Country

Erin Kennedy
Erin Kennedy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SIUE senior Keith Meyer placed fifth Saturday at the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country Championships.

Meyer ran the Vaughn's Gap 8K Course in 24 minutes, 51.6 seconds. Gilbert Boit, of Tennessee Tech, was the individual champion in 24:20.9. Meyer, who earned All-Conference honors for his finish, now has five of SIUE's top seven 8K times in school history.

"It was a well-deserved finish for Keith," said SIUE Assistant Coach Kayla Brown. "He has put in a lot of work. He had an aggressive race, and we're all very proud of him."

Erin Kennedy was the top finisher for the SIUE women's team in the 5K race with a time of 18:02.3. That's a personal best for Kennedy by more than 20 seconds and the seventh fastest 5K time in school history.

As a team, the SIUE men placed seventh while the women took eighth. Eastern Kentucky won both the men's and the women's races.

"We had some good individual races on the men's side, but we didn't put all of the pieces together," said Brown.

Tyler Owens was the next SIUE men's finisher in 30th place (26:21.4). He was followed by Landon Skelly (41st, 26:55.8), Ben Scamihorn (46th, 27:09.6), Matthew O'Connor (51st, 27:21.5), Anthony Holshouser (54th, 27:31.6) and Austin Woodard (78th, 29:47.2). Skelly's time was a personal best.

"Tyler Owen ran a smart race. This is the best he has done at a conference race. For Landon Skelly, that was his best race of the season," added Brown.

In the women's race, Kennedy was followed by Haley Miller (26th, 18:21.1), Jess Clarke (39th, 18:34.1), Allie Sweatt (43rd, 18:37.2), Keri Burmester (52nd, 18:52.7) and Aly Goff (64th, 19:26.8).

"It was a good day for the SIUE women with five personal bests," said Brown. "They executed the plan well. We had a good pack, especially through the first half of the race."

Miller, Clarke, Sweatt and Burmester all ran personal bests at the meet. Miller's time also places her 16th on the all-time 5K list at SIUE. Burmester's is the ninth-fastest time for an SIUE freshman runner.

"That was a huge improvement for her," Brown said of Burmester. "She stepped up when we needed it."