TYLER, Texas – The University of Dallas men's cross country team opened the 2017 season at the UT Tyler King Campbell Spectacular on Friday. The race was 2 miles (3.22 Kilometers) as the Crusaders look to ease into increasing distance over the span of three competitions this month.
Joseph Kilmer (Rockville, Md.) paced the UD runners with a time of 10:47 minutes. He was 0:06 away from the top finisher, which had a neck-in-neck finish as Kilmer took fifth overall. A top quartet of University of Texas at Tyler runners finished above with Will Mcilroy leading the bunch with a 10:41.2 minute race. Justin Tokuz was less than a second away at 10:42.0. Matthew Cecotti and Shafen Borah scored 10:45 and 10:46 to bridge the gap to Kilmer.
Elijah Depew (Grove City, Pa.) was the next highest finisher for Dallas tying Austin College's Matthew Gregory for 16th with an 11:17 result. Joseph Boyle (St. Paul, Minn.) rounded out the top 20 overall finishers with an 11:26 time. Andrew Maal (Pueblo West, Colo.) came in two places next with a time of 11:40.
Team scores were not counted in this early season competition, but the Crusaders did face runners from six other schools. Among this group included fellow Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) member Austin College. East Texas Baptist University, LeTourneau University, UT-Tyler, and Louisiana College were in attendance from the American Southwest Conference.
The Crusaders will be back on the trails a week from today on September 8th at the Hardin-Simmons University Invitational. The race is slated to be a 5k.