By Matthew Royal, staff writer
Newman cross-country teams competed at Emporia State Invitational Friday evening as the Jets looked to prepare for its conference season.
The men’s team placed fourth out of 18 teams, and the women finished sixth out of 18.
Taylor Carlson and Rubi Torres set the rhythm for the women with their best times of the season. Carlson came in for the women on 18:56 while Torres came in on 19:16 in the 5k race. Other efforts contributed to the teams finish as Britani May also ran a career best time of 20:56.
“We performed extremely well this weekend at Emporia,” Torres said. “Emporia had a great course and both teams had a lot of individuals who had their best time for the season.”
Torres also acknowledged the effort and the contribution it has had so far.
“Our training has been very difficult but it has helped us peak at just the right time and it is putting us right where we want to be before conference,” Torres said.
In addition to the pace set by the women Jets, the men’s team earned its best season performance and the program’s best performance ever by having the top five runners all break 27:32 for the 8k.
The men took No. 4 from the host’s ESU, by one point as Manase Busienei ran a season best time of 27:05 to lead the men to the finish line.
Along with Busienei, Peter Neidhart, Joktan Tanui, Joey Kenneson, Martin Calderon, Cliff Kissling, Nick Lockwood, Zach Ball and Brandon Deck all earned season best times, illustrating the teams overall efforts so far this year.
Torres stated that the team prepares mentally and physically prior to events in different ways.
“Every week before a meet we have two runners share their story about running,” Torres said. “Everyone always has something inspirational to say that encourages our team, that always helps us prepare mentally for a race. I think we have a great way of preparing for a race physically; our coach has a lot of knowledge on running and he knows when we need to up our mileage or when we need to slow down and give our bodies rest.”