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Multiple lifetime bests were set for Park at the NAIA Mid-States, including leaders Mary Beth Bailey and Christian Skinner.
Multiple lifetime bests were set for Park at the NAIA Mid-States, including leaders Mary Beth Bailey and Christian Skinner.

WINFIELD, Kan. – Park University's entire women's roster ran lifetime best races, including Mary Beth Bailey who finished 20th in 19:09 at the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kansas, helping the Park women to an eighth-place finish in a field of 19, while the Park men were 13th out of 20 in the event, hosted by Southwestern College.

 

"It was a good event for us, and this one always has one of the best fields of any race we see," said Park coach Brian Renshaw. "For our women to run those kinds of times this close to our conference meet is encouraging. I'm happy with the way today went."

 

The Park men were led by freshman Christian Skinner's lifetime best in the 8K of 26:39, good for 24th place, overall. Luke Bailey was a minute behind Skinner at 27:56, and Victor Murgor finished in 28:44.

 

On the women's side, Bailey was trailed by Emily High, who finished the 5K in 20:03, and Erin Esry, who ran 20:28.

 

The Pirates are now off until Nov. 5, when they travel to St. Louis for the American Midwest Conference Championships.