Erin Esry ran Park's second-best time on the women's side in 21:00 to finish 37th at Emporia State.
EMPORIA, Kan. – Both Park University cross country teams finished seventh in Emporia State's 2016 Papa John's Invitational at Emporia Municipal Golf Course, led by a 15th-place finish on the women's side for Mary Beth Bailey, and a 24th-place finish for William Henry in the men's race.
Henry ran the men's 8K in 26:56, a half minute better than teammate Luke Bailey, who ran the race in 27:22. The Pirates also had a top 50 finish in a strong field from Ryan Zitter, who finished in 27:49.
"The men ran well, and Luke had a good race," said Park coach Brian Renshaw. "We ran a good meet on both sides. This is a great meet in the level of competition. Mary Beth had a good race in the women's event, and we'll keep building toward the conference championship meet."
Bailey's 15th-place finish came in 20:02, in the women's 5K, while Erin Esry was 37th in an even 21 minutes, while Emily High ran 21:30 as the only other Pirate in the top 50.
Fort Hays State won the women's race, and Park was behind two NAIA teams on the women's side – Benedictine in second and Sterling in sixth – while the Park men ran behind one NAIA opponent – the University of Saint Mary. Fort Hays also won the men's competition.
Park doesn't run again until Oct. 8, in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational.