Hazen and Andrade were the top runners for BC at the L-R Invitational.
Hazen and Andrade were the top runners for BC at the L-R Invitational.

Tornados Compete at 2008 L-R Cross Country Invitational

Hazen and Andrade paced the Tornados at the event.

Hickory, N.C. – Both the Brevard College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2008 Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational on Friday afternoon in Hickory, N.C.

The men’s cross country team finished in fifth-place overall for the event, totaling 145 points on the day, putting them ahead of Livingstone College and Johnson C. Smith.

BC junior Zach Hazen led the way for the Tornados, turning in a time of 30:33.91, which was good enough for a 48th-place showing.

Fellow BC runners, Tiffen Tapia and Jonathon Lavelle finished right on the heels of one another, as Tapia crossed the finish line with a time of 30:59.39, just ahead of Lavelle at 31:06.76.  The two finished in 51st and 52nd-place overall.

Freshman Damon Martin finished in 55th-place for the event, turning in a time of 31:37.39 for the 8K event, while fellow classmate Ryan Forsyth rounded out the scoring for the Tornados with his time of 34.22.72, 64th-place overall.

Lees-McRae College won the event, finishing with a team score of 42 points.  Roanoke was second with 47 points, while SAC members Lenoir-Rhyne (56) and Tusculum (89) were third and fourth, respectively.

On the women’s side, the Tornados did not place as a team because BC had only four runners compete in the 5K event.

Senior Alycia Andrade finished third overall for the event, crossing the finish line in a stellar time of 19:43.59, just 20 seconds behind the first-place finisher Gennilee Eisenmann from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Junior Meghan Grimes turned in a time of 24:47.78, good enough for 45th-place overall, finishing just ahead of fellow classmate Hannah Beck, who crossed the line with a time of 26:05.00, placing her in 48th-place overall.

Senior Kristen Zerressen rounded out the BC runners, finishing with a time of 28:33.06 for the 5K run, good enough for 57th-place overall.

Meet host Lenoir-Rhyne placed in a first-place tie with Lees-McRae, as both teams had 41 points overall.  Roanoke finished third with 60 points, while SAC members Catawba (88) and Tusculum (125) finished fourth and fifth-places, respectively.

The Tornados will be in action again on Thursday, October 16, when both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Wingate Invitational in Wingate, N.C.

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