Montevallo breaks cross country records at Pacer Invitational

Published 9:21 am Monday, September 19, 2011


The University of Montevallo men’s cross country team continues to rewrite the school’s record book as two runners broke the record time in an 8K, while two other runners broke into the top 10 in individual standings Sept. 17 at the USC-Aiken Bridgestone-Pacer Collegiate Invitational.

Montevallo, which was one of four Peach Belt Conference teams at the event, finished fourth in the men’s team standings. The Falcons finished ahead of Francis Marion University while trailing Augusta State University and Flagler College.

Freshman Zackery Walsh and sophomore Aaron Bush, a Shelby County High School graduate, led the Falcons as they each bested the Montevallo record, which was set last season by current sophomore Mark McDonald.

Walsh ran the 8K course in a time of 27:42.7 and finished 10th overall. Bush ran just behind Walsh with a time of 27:57.3 and finished 11th overall.

McDonald ran a time of 28:11.3 and finished 17th overall. McDonald’s time ranked sixth in the Montevallo record book.

Freshman Nick Fasanello crossed the finish next in 19th place with a time of 28:13.4, which ranked seventh in the Montevallo record book.

The Falcons’ final two runners were sophomore Jake Davidson and sophomore Evan Brock, who finished in 46th and 49th, respectively.

The Montevallo women’s cross country team finished third in the women’s team standings.

Montevallo was led by sophomore In-Mi Matsunaga, who finished fifth overall with a time of 24:27.8.

The Falcons were one of seven Peach Belt Conference teams at the event. Montevallo finished ahead of four of those teams, including Georgia College, UNC-Pembroke, USC-Aiken and Francis Marion. Augusta State and Flagler finished ahead of the Falcons.

Junior Haley Evans finished in eighth with a time of 24:49.7. Senior Katherine Schofield rounded out the Falcons’ top three as she finished 12th overall with a time of 25:14.9.

Freshman Lauren Recchia finished 16th overall with a time of 25:40.9. Senior Ginny Davis came in 25th with a time of 25:55.5.

Freshman Katie Vanover finished 35th, while senior Whitney Adkins finished 38th. Freshman Jessi Clark finished 41st, followed by Kelli McLaughin in 48th and Jill Kleist in 49th.

Augusta State University won the event followed by Flagler College and Montevallo.

The Falcons return to action Sept. 30 at 4:45 p.m. as they travel to the Tiger Twilight Invitational hosted by Sewanee, also known as the University of the South.