LAWRENCE, Kan. Nicholas Rotich has done it again by leading the way for the Park University men's cross country team. The Pirates headed to Lawrence, Kansas to compete in the Haskell Indian Nations Invitational meet on Saturday, October 7. 


Rotich won the 8K race with a time of 26:28, to help the Pirates capture their third first-place team title of the season. Vibian Chemeli finished in 23rd place out of 108 runners on the women's side with a time of 20:42 on the 5K course.


"We ran a lot better today with the conditions that the course was in," said head coach Brian Renshaw. "There was standing water and it was muddy on the course. It was great to see us overcome the conditions of the course."


While Rotich led the way on the men's side, his teammate, Christian Skinner, wasn't too far behind him. Skinner crossed the finish line with a time of 26:50 for a third-place finish. Gregory Vasquez placed 6th with a time of 27:33, while William Henry, placed 13th with a time of 28:12. Sebastian Keditukei rounded out the top five runners with a time of 28:37.


On the women's side Chemeli led the way for the Pirates, while her teammate, Morgan Lindgren finished in 30th place with a time of 21:11. The Pirates' Rachel Franklin finished 11 seconds behind Lindgren to cross the finish line in 32nd place. To round out the top five runners for Park was Marina Rios and Areka Hanson.


While the Pirates brought home the team title, Benedictine College finished second as a team with a total of 77 points. The Pirates beat the Ravens by 33 points. Rotich won the overall race while Ian Meek from York College finished second in the race with a time of 26:33.


Katherine Dillard from Benedictine College won the overall 5K race with a time of 19:22. MidAmerica Nazarene University took home the team title with a total of 36 points.


The Pirates will be back out on the course on Saturday, October 21. Park will head to Winfield, Kansas, to compete in the NAIA Mid-States Invitational hosted by Southwestern College.