Swede harriers wrap up season

By Steve Sell
November 10, 2014

STERLING —  Bethany College’s cross country team completed its season Saturday competing in the KCAC Championships.

It was a tough day for the Swedes, with the men taking ninth and the women 10th.

Saint Mary’s men won the 8K Championships with a total of 26, followed by Friends  (86), Southwestern (107), McPherson College (111), Ottawa (117), Kansas Wesleyan (138), Tabor  (152), Sterling (285), Bethany (285) and Bethel (289).

BC’s Zach Hartwell finished 67th with a time of 29:44, a seasonal personal record. Erving Altamirano took 73rd at 30:17.5, which was a personal record.

Ivan Perez finished 77th with a 30:27 performance, followed by Steven Ortiz in 78th at 30:34.6. Robyn Haynes rounded out the Bethany runners in 87th place with a time of 33:39.9. Perez, Ortiz, and Haynes each set lifetime personal records.

Saint Mary’s women's 5K with a total of 47, followed by Ottawa (54), Friends (93), Southwestern (143), Tabor (150), Sterling (153), McPherson College (176), Kansas Wesleyan  (179), Bethel  (212), and Bethany (218).

Each of the Bethany women had lifetime personal records at the KCAC Championships. Elizabeth Benoit represented the Swedes in the Top 20 with a 19th-place finish. Benoit ran a 20:12, nearly a one minute PR. Araceli Aburto placed 32nd at 20:51.4.

Melissa Olson took 48th with a 21:42.8 performance, followed by Macey Dinkel in 69th with a 23:24.8 time. Layne Gilliland completed the Bethany lineup with an 84th place finish at 25:40.7.

"I could not ask any more of our individuals," Bethany coach Aaron Yoder said. "Our entire team had personal records. We had nine lifetime PRs and one seasonal PR. I am so proud of how we concluded our season. It is too hard to single out one performance since everyone competed so well, and that is a good problem to have. We are very encouraged going into the indoor season.”