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Men's Cross Country

Ventura Leads Racers At Notre Dame Event

The Murray State cross country teams had a tremendously successful effort at the Joe Paine-Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Sept. 30) in South Bend, Indiana.

The competition featured five different races on Burke Golf Course for 28 women's teams and 24 men's teams.

Evan Staviski produced a fast finish to help the Racer men place 19th. The men's squad had an impressive 32-second spread from their first to fifth runners. Mark Ventura was Murray State's top finisher with a spot in 54th place in the field of 183 runners. The Racers also made a good showing at Notre Dame in the open events. Tyler Bradley placed 58th in the 5-mile event (183 runners) with a time of 27:41 and Gavin Davis was 66th with a time of 28:49, while Neil Yockey was 68th with a time of 29:14.

On the women's side, the Racers saw Vallery Korir break the Murray State record for the 5K with a time of 17:16, which helped produce a ninth place finish for the team. Korir placed second overall in a field of 222 runners and finished about a second behind UTEP's Lilian Koech. Korir broke the MSU record from 1987, set by Jackie Murzynowski when she posted a time of 17:23 in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in Richmond, Kentucky.

Murray State freshman Mason Swenson moved to No. 6 on the all-time list with a time of 17:44 which was good for a 22nd place finish. There are six current Racer runners in the top-16 all-time at Murray State.

Emily Flaherty had a good showing in the women's open (5K) with a spot in 61st place in the field of 86 runners with a time of 19:22. Maura Farrell placed 67th with a time of 19:27.

Murray State coach Jenny Swieton is seeing both teams come of age in 2016.

"I couldn't be more proud of how the team performed today," she said. "They continue to get better and better every meet. Our men's team beat Vanderbilt which is something we've been shooting for. Our women finished in the top 10 in what was a deep field and a large competitive meet. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds for them, because we're knocking on the door of some big things."

The Racers have one more meet before the OVC Championship. The Indiana State Invitational (Oct. 15) will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., ahead of the OVC season-ender (Oct. 29) in Nashville, Tenn.

Women's Gold 5K
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
TEAM
1 Bradley 1:28:27
2 Notre Dame 1:29:24
3 UTEP 1:29:10
4 Oakland 1:29:24
5 Northern Iowa 1:29:40
6 Duquesne 1:29:32
7 Indiana State 1:29:46
8 Eastern Illinos 1:30:15
9 Murray State 1:30:15
10 Utah Valley 1:30:48
11 Illinois State 1:31:05
12 IUPUI 1:31:02
13 Calvin 1:31:19
14 Loyola (Ill.) 1:31:25
15 South Carolina 1:31:35
16 Belmont 1:31:41
17 Ball State 1:32:15
18 Western Michigan 1:32:53
19 Marshall 1:33:27
20 Youngstown State 1:33:42
21 Southern Illinois 1:33:39
22 UNC-Greensboro 1:35:06
23 DePaul 1:33:55
24 UT-Arlington 1:34:07
25 Wis.-Oshkosh 1:34:22
26 Northern Kentucky 1:36:38
27 Wis.-Stevens 1:37:12
28 Valparaiso 1:39:28

Women's Gold 5K Results – 222 Participants
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
MURRAY STATE INDIVIDUALS
2 Vallery KORIR SO 536 Murray State 17:16
3 Jenny DELSIGNORE JR 440 Duquesne 17:16
22 Mason SWENSON FR 540 Murray State 17:44
55 Meagan SMITH JR 539 Murray State 18:09
63 Rebekah PRIDDY SO 538 Murray State 18:14
125 Ida MUTAI SO 537 Murray State 18:50
140 Ali HESTER SR 535 Murray State 19:02
178 Caroline GROGAN JR 534 Murray State 19:31
 
Men's Gold 5K Results
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
TEAM
1 Utah Valley 2:05:50
2 Duquesne 2:05:50
3 IUPUI 2:05:44
4 Youngstown State 2:06:33
5 Eastern Illinois 2:06:29
6 Clemson 2:07:03
7 Illinois State 2:07:54
8 Bowling Green 2:08:23
9 Indiana State 2:08:25
10 Calvin 2:08:39
11 Loyola (Ill.) 2:09:04
12 Oakland 2:08:35
13 Belmont 2:09:26 22-
14 Northern Iowa 2:09:32
15 Wis.-Oshkosh 2:09:39
16 Marshall 2:09:51
17 Northern Kentucky 2:09:48
18 Central Michigan 2:10:42
19 Murray State 2:10:25
20 Vanderbilt 2:10:31
21 Southern Illinois 2:12:30
22 Wis.-Stevens Point 2:11:21
23 UNC-Greensboro 2:11:29
24 Valparaiso 2:13:21
 
Men's Gold 5-miles Results – 183 Participants
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
MURRAY STATE INDIVIDUAL
54 Mark VENTURA JR 995 Murray State 25:43
81 Zach BALLEAU FR 990 Murray State 81 26:02
92 Vince TURNER SO 994 Murray State 92 26:08
104 Gavin GALANES JR 991 Murray State 104 26:15
105 Evan STAVISKI SR 993 Murray State 105 26:15
161 Alexander MCCLELLAND FR 992 Murray State (153) 27:20
173 Austin ACKMAN SO 989 Murray State (161) 28:00
 
Men's Open 5 Mile Results – 71 Participants
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
MURRAY STATE INDIVIDUAL
58 Tyler BRADLEY FR 275 Murray State 27:41
66 Gavin DAVIS JR 276 Murray State 28:49
68 Neil YOCKEY SR 277 Murray State 29:14

Women's Open 5K Results –96 Participants
JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame, IN - September 30, 2016
MURRAY STATE INDIVIDUAL
61 Emily FLAHERTY JR 167 Murray State 19:22
67 Maura FARRELL FR 166 Murray State 19:27
85 Amanda PARKER FR 170 Murray State 20:21
87 Allison BURGIN FR 165 Murray State 20:25
89 Emani GRIFFIN JR 168 Murray State 20:27
92 Erica HOLT FR 169 Murray State 20:59
 
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