Phoenix post strong showing at Ray Bullock Invitational
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Phoenix post strong showing at Ray Bullock Invitational
Elise Krone took 22nd at the Ray Bullock Invitational. (Credit: Judy Seckel)

UPLAND, Ind.--Cumberland women's cross country finished in sixth place taking on six nationally-ranked programs at the Ray Bullock Invitational hosted by No. 2 Taylor University at the Taylor Farms XC Course. 

Cumberland finished ahead of No. 5 Indians Wesleyan who took 10th place at the event. No. 1 St. Francis won the event while No. 3 Cornerstone finished in second. Host and No. 2 Taylor University claimed third place and No. 10 Huntington was fourth. Grace is receiving votes in the poll and finished in fifth place.

Last week's Mid-South Conference Runner of the Week Elise Krone continues to have a fast start to her season as she was the first Phoenix to finish. Krone ran the 5K in 19:41.5 to claim 22nd individually.

10 spots behind her was Sasha Petrova in 32nd. Petrova ran it in 20:02.2 and India Mastin came in three seconds later for 34th place.

Freshman Hope Britt came in at 20:47.3 for 52nd and running in her first collegiate race was Sharon Jerop who finished right after Britt for 53rd. Daniela Rivera claimed 60th with a time of 20:57.9.

The team all finished within one minute and 16 seconds of each other to put up a strong showing at the race.

Shelby Christman from Huntington won the race with a time of 18:10.9.

The Phoenix will compete next at the 'Live in Lou' Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday, October 2.

Individual Results

22. Elise Krone - 19:41.5
32. Sasha Petrova - 20:02.2
34. India Mastin - 20:05.9
52. Hope Britt  - 20:47.3
53. Sharon Jerop - 20:48.6
60. Daniela Rivera - 20:57.9
Team Results
1. St. Francis (Ill.)
2. Cornerstone
3. Taylor
4. Huntington
5. Grace
6. Cumberland 
7. Spring Arbor
8. Goshen
9. Michigan-Dearborn
10. Indiana Wesleyan
11. Anderson
12. Franklin
13. Lourdes
14. Concordia
15. Oakland City