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Men's & Women's Cross Country Earn Multiple Top-20 Finishes at Redhawk Rumble

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State Men's and Women's Cross-Country teams kicked off their 2019 seasons with the RedHawk Rumble hosted by Miami (OH) on Saturday morning.

In the season-opening event, which was the first for MSU runners under interim head coach Clay Dixon, the men competed in an 8K while the women ran a 6K event.

For the men, senior Jarrett Mattingly earned the highest finish of any Eagles' runner in the event, claiming 11th place with a time of 25:31.6.

Overall on the men's side, Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky took first place after placing seven runners in the top-10. The host Redhawks earned a second place finished while Morehead State finished third despite Mattingly finishing higher than any runner for Miami.

Also competing for the MSU men's team in the event: freshman Garrett Watts (26:47.4, 27th), junior Cody Chism (27:33.9, 32nd), freshman Kyle Embry (28:15.2, 36th), freshman Justin Chavez (28:20.3, 37th), freshman Michael Dunagan (28:40.8, 39th), junior Darby Pillow (29:19.5, 41st), junior Josh Grogan (29:50.1, 42nd), junior Cole Ralenkotter (29:59.6, 43rd), and freshman Richard Knupp (32:58.7, 44th).

For the women, senior Shelby Watkins turned in the best time for Morehead State after logging a time of 23:41.7 for an 18th place finish in the women's 6K event. Just off the pace off Watkins, senior Alison Chinn earned a 20th place finish with a time of 24:08.0.

Miami earned the first-place team finish on the women's side after edging out EKU by a point. Both the Redhawks and Colonels placed five runners in the top-10, however, the hosts claimed 10 spots in the top-20 as compared the EKU's eight. Morehead State finished the event third.

Also running in the event for the MSU women's squad: junior Olivia Chapman (24:47.6, 24th), junior Madison Pelfrey (24:53.4, 25th), senior Abbigail Dorn (25:47.9, 28th), freshman Mary Alice Thornburg (26:26.8, 29th), freshman Abbey Mohan (26:48.1, 30th), sophomore Reese Helton (26:52.3, 31st), freshman Rilieigh Owens (27:14.4, 33rd), and sophomore Carrie Staviski (27:41.3, 34th).

Morehead State's men's and women's runners will be back in action on Oct. 5, in the the Greater Louisville Classic in hosted by the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

Fans can follow the MSU Cross Country teams on twitter with the handle @MSUEaglesCCTRK.

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