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Men's Cross Country

Short-Handed RedTail Team Finishes Fourth at Region XI Time Trial

RedTail runner, Payton Bahl, jumps at the starting line to prepare for the Region XI Time Trials.
RedTail runner, Payton Bahl, jumps at the starting line to prepare for the Region XI Time Trials.

OTTUMWA–The RedTail Men's Cross Country team took home a fourth place finish at the Region XI Time Trials, despite having two major contributors out of the event. 

 

The RedTail squad was led by a group of three runners who all finished in the top 12 individually. The pace was set by Jonny Smith, a second-year runner who placed sixth at the meet with a time of 16:42.2. He was followed closely by freshman Sam Mickelson, who took the seventh spot with a time of 16:45.5. Not too far behind them was Payton Bahl, who just barely missed a top 10 finish when he placed 11th (17:23.8).

 

Rounding out the RedTail top five were talented freshmen Kegan Dally (33rd, 18:27.9) and Ryan Moore (42nd, 18:59.5). This was good enough to place fourth at the event and get the season off to a good start. 

 

"I enjoy the time trial as it gives us a good idea where the athletes are and things we can improve on, like running as a pack and closing the gaps between gaps," said head coach Tyler Mulder. "Overall I'm excited for the men's team and the potential that they have to develop throughout the season."