XC Men, Women Victorious in the VA Hospital Challenge

XC Men, Women Victorious in the VA Hospital Challenge

CLARKSBURG -- Sophomore Rachael Englund raced to the individual championship Tuesday afternoon, leading the West Virginia Wesleyan women's cross country team to victory in the V.A. Hospital Challenge. 

Englund navigated the 5K course in 19:59 in an afternoon of oppressive heat and humidity.

Sophomore Lexi Beach was runner-up for the Lady Bobcats in her season debut, racing the distance in 20:39.

Wesleyan placed five runners in the top six; sophomore Brooke Phelps was third in a personal best of 20:56, freshman Brittani Greene was fifth in 21:43 and freshmen Julia Yocum was sixth in 22:38. 

Wesleyan won with a team tally of 17. After that, the battle for second was tight; Glenville State was runner up with 60, but was followed closely by Salem International with 69 and West Virginia State with 70.

On the men's side, junior Isaiah Robinson (pictured) rolled to an impressive individual victory leading West Virginia Wesleyan's men to a tight victory.

Robinson blistered the 5K course in 16:14, outdistancing runner-up Michael Null of Glenville State by 38 seconds.

Wesleyan narrowly defeated the Pioneers 26-29, while Salem International came in third with a score of 81.

Robinson had four other teammates in the individual top ten.

Sophomore Austin Hayes was third (17:04), junior Austin Jarrell was fifth (17:34), junior Sam Hughes eighth (18:29), and freshman Devon Alt ninth (18:40). 

Coach Jesse Skiles' squads are idle until the MEC Championships on Oct. 21 in Bridgeport.