PSU cross country hosts Alumni Race
Michael Bauer | sports editor
The Pittsburg State cross country teams made their unofficial start to the season with the annual Gorilla Alumni Race at Countryside Golf course on Saturday, Sept. 7.
The race consisted of not only the current Pitt State runners but runners from past years who have run cross country at PSU.
On the men’s side, Adam Volkert was the leading runner, finishing with a time of 18:43. Jessica Macy came in first for the women in a time of 14:14. The men’s race was 6 kilometers while the women ran 4.
Austina Bogina was the second men’s runner with a time of 19:13 while Chris Wise was not far behind at 19:25.
Ethan Silovsky clocked in 19:34.
“I was fairly satisfied with the performance of the teams and overall. I think we had a strong front runner from Adam (Volkert) and Jessica (Macy) on our women’s side,” said head coach Russ Jewett.
Most of the alumni runners finished behind the PSU team with the exception of former Gorilla runner Daniel Craig, who finished seventh in 19:44. Brittney Graff was the highest-finishing alumna for the women’s race in a time of 16:26.
“It’s quite evident that a few of our former runners are still training very seriously and doing road races. One of our former runners, Daniel Craig, is still in very good shape and runs in marathons all across the country,” Jewett said.
In the women’s race, a string of runners came in within seconds of each other as the second through sixth runners all finished within 11 seconds. Casey Epps was second behind Macy in 15:11. Cate Dunn came across the finish line at the exact same time and Alex Moase was one second behind, coming in fourth. Kathryn Pamperin was 15:15 and Paige White was 15:18. To round up the top seven, Carlin Greene was in at 15:22.
“On the women, we had a good pack from our 2-7 runners so it was pretty good depth,” Jewett said. “We can do a better job of pulling the pack in the middle in that race. Our women did well, all things considered.”
One of the things Jewett did press on was the amount of time between the first and second runners on each team. Volkert was 30 seconds ahead of Bogina and Macy was nearly a minute ahead of Epps.
“Quite a gap back to our No. 2 runner on each team but those two are such good runners so it’s a lot to expect to have anyone close to them,” Jewett said.
On the score sheet, the Gorillas went against the alumni runners in both races. The Gorilla men scored 16 while the PSU Alumni were at 47. In the women’s race, Pitt State was at 15 while the PSU Alumnae put up 40.
“Some of the other guys who graduated in recent years, you can tell they haven’t ran a step since last year,” Jewett said. “But they all come back for their own reasons, hopefully to reconnect and it was a pleasure always to see them.”
The Pitt State cross country teams will open up their season on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Missouri Southern State Stampede in Joplin, Mo.