CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Cross Country) – The Shawnee State cross country program put together another banner performance as the women's cross country squad equaled the the program's best finish in school history while David Jaeger (FR/Liberty Township, Ohio) finished in the top-100 overall on the men's side at the NAIA Championship at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday afternoon.
The women, who finished 12th as a team to equal last year's finish as the best in school history, obtained 385 points to edge Indiana Wesleyan for the aforementioned place.
Anna Havarnek would lead the charge as the sophomore used a time of 18:33.5 to grab a 49th place finish in the 321-runner field. Sarah Biehl (SR/Lowell, Ohio) – who ran with an illness – and Megan Ashton (JR/Proctorville, Ohio) weren't far behind on time as Biehl capped off a wonderful career with a 18:48.8 to finish in 66th place, while Ashton would run an 18:57.5 to grab the 87th spot in the field.
Katie Saling (FR/Caldwell, Ohio), Megan Day (SR/Piketon, Ohio) and Alyssa Taylor (FR/Georgetown, Ohio) would follow the first trio of runners by running times of under 20 minutes. Overall, Saling and Day would put up times of 19:19 and 19:23 to finish 138th and 149th in the field, respectively while Taylor used a time of 19:36.3 to place in the 180th position overall.
Kate Spencer (SO/Glouster, Ohio) would use her time of 20:21.5 to round out the effort for Shawnee State as the junior from Glouster, Ohio recorded a time of 20:21.5 to grab the 259th overall slot.
On the men's side, Jaeger and Cody Redman (SO/Circleville, Ohio) would represent the Bears well as Jaeger, the freshman from Liberty Township, Ohio place in the 87th spot behind a time of 26:10.3 to lead the charge. Redman, who joined Jaeger as the lone men's cross country members to qualify for the NAIA Championship, ran a 27:10.7 to place in the 230th position.
Saturday's NAIA Championship was the final cross country race for Biehl and Day, who will graduate.
During her record-setting senior season, Biehl never ran a time slower than Saturday's 18:49 and set the program's all-time best marks in the 5K (17:40) and 6K (22:50). The senior is the first runner ever to leave the program having held the all-time mark in both categories.
Additionally, Biehl's efforts over the past season have helped her stand alone as the only runner to hold three top-five and four top-10 times in school history in the 5K as well as three top-10 6K times.
Overall, Biehl finished her career with seven Mid-South Conference Runner of the Week and two Mid-South Runner of the Year awards – both program marks. The Sport Management major also added three Academic All-MSC awards to the table during her career.
Day's impressive career will also come to a close as the Piketon, Ohio native will leave as the ninth fastest individual in the 6K and the 15th fastest harrier in the 5K for the women's program.