For Immediate Release – 9/24/16 - #054
WildCats Kickoff Family Weekend Saturday with Great Times in 4-Miler
LYNCHBURG, VA – Randolph College Family Weekend has a history of taking place on the same day as the Virginia 10-Miler. In conjunction with that event is the Virginia 4-Miler, which ends on the steps of Main Hall. The Randolph cross country team competes in the race annually, and this year shined greatly in the race.
Alex Clem was the top 'Cat as he destroyed his time from last year in the race. Improving by almost 40 seconds, he stopped the clock at 23:32. The time also gave him the sixth-overall spot in the race. Tory Myrick was the next WildCat to cross the inflatable finish line. He took 10th-overall in the race with an impressive time of 24:53. John Coffron came in next for the men's team. He ended the race with a time of 28:25, which was 40th-overall of every runner. In his age group, the male division age 15-19, he was the 10th-runner to cross. Drew Harman followed shortly after, coming in at 28:56, which was 51st overall, and one place behind Coffron in the age bracket.
Two women ran the 4-Miler for Randolph, and they were Taylor Rama and Baylee Snead. Rama was very impressive in the race. She topped her division (females 20-24) and took 33rd-overall. Her time of 27:31 eclipsed her time from last year by over a minute and a half. Snead also had a successful race as she came away in 74th. Her time of 30:27 also put her third in her division, the one which her teammate won.
The six runners all finished in the top-eight percent of the race, which is even more impressive as the race featured over 1,000 runners.
One highlight to note from the race was the second-overall finisher in the 4-Miler. Randolph alumnus Ryan Purrington '14 completed the race in 22:11.
Next Saturday, the cross country teams will complete their five-week start to the season as the team will head to the Hagan Stone Classic in North Carolina. The race will begin at 10 a.m.