Regionals recap for cross country teams

Author: Guest Writer 

The Geneva College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at DeSales University on Saturday in the Mid-East Regional Championship race. The women finished 24th out of 47 teams, and the men finished 30th out of 52 teams.  

The men’s team was led by senior Josh Duffie, who finished 40th out of over 350 runners. One of the standout performances of the day for the men came from sophomore Jarron Mihoci, who was hit by a deer shortly after the first mile and got up and finished the race.  

The women’s team was led by freshman Jessie Taylor, who lost her shoe around mile one, and still finished 86th out of over 340 runners. This was the best team finish at a Regional Championship for Geneva women’s cross country since 2012, and it was the second-best finish in team history.  

The day of the race was muddy, cold, and windy. Normally, teams are able to walk/run the course the day before the regional championship, but it rained for much of the week leading up to the race, causing the course to be closed all day Friday to keep it as intact as possible. While the teams were blessed with sunny skies on Saturday, the rain from the prior days had taken its toll, leaving the course a muddy mess in many parts, which contributed to slow times across the board. 

Seniors Josh Duffie, Andrew Domencic and Hannah Mansell saw their cross country careers come to a close on Saturday. Now, many cross country runners will turn their attention to the indoor track season, in which they look to contribute in a big way.