Brumfield, Gregory finish strong at conference championships
By Zach Roberts
The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in their last race of the sea- son at the regional meet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nov. 16.
The men’s team placed 29 out of 34 teams, while the women placed 31st.
During this meet, senior Clayton Brum- field finished his collegiate career in 33rd, receiving all-region honors for the first time.
The weekend prior, they traveled to Laverne Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana, where they competed in the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet.
The men’s team finished fifth out of nine teams, and the women placed sixth.
For the men, Brumfield’s fifth place finish earned him a spot on the all-conference team. Brumfield ran an 8k time of 27:01.1.
This is his fourth career all-conference award. He has successfully finished in the top-eight in all four conference champion- ships he’s competed in.
“I’m definitely happy that I’ve accom- plished some of my goals since I’ve been here,” he said.
On the women’s side, freshman Angel Gregory finished 13 out of 61 scored runners and was listed as an all-conference honorable mention athlete, one spot shy of the all-conference team. She ran the 6k race in a time of 25:31.1.
Gregory was also only one spot behind winning the league’s Freshman of the Year award, placing second amongst all freshmen in the conference.
“It was a surprise,” she said. “It’s just nice to know I’m already off to a good start. I want to move up each year.”
She is looking to improve her 25th place spot on the program’s all-time top-25 list. Head Cross Country Coach Brandon
Dworak said he was happy with where the teams finished.
Last year the men’s team placed fifth in conference, and the goal was to reach that again, which they did.
When it came to the women, he said the group improved from their seventh-place finish last year.
He added that the women’s team is extremely young, having seven freshmen.
“Angel was kind of the surprise of the group,” Dworak said. “She’s taken a monster jump in the first few months she’s been here. She’s kind of the silent leader of the girls’ team.”