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."
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.