HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- Freshman Jason Bowers sets a new 8k school record with his seventh-place finish at the Northern Alabama Showcase.
The team took 23rd place out of 38 total teams. The field was stacked with top NCAA Division I programs in the nation featuring four teams from the SEC. Cumberland was the top finisher out of all the NAIA schools in the event defeating William Carey, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 and Division I programs Austin Peay and Western Kentucky as well as others.
Bowers' seventh place finish sets the program's fastest 8K time with 23.51.57. Bowers trailed only to NCAA Division I runners featuring three runners from the University of Alabama. The previous 8k school record was set by Nickson Kipkosgei last season with a time of 24:47.1.
Ethan Rhoden took 215th place posting a time of 26:50.60 and Edwin Kigen came in at 219th place after finishing the race at 26:56.92.
Alex Kogo crossed the line at 27:57.28 to finish in 270th place, Walter Tanui finished one second behind Kogo in 273rd. Max Berkey closed out the Phoenix with a time of 31:20.09.
Cumberland will be back in action at the 'Live in Lou' meet on Saturday, October 1.