LOUISVILLE, KY - The Columbia men's cross country team ran an outstanding race and finished second overall on Saturday, September 29 at the competitive Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, KY. The 32 team field geared to be one of the toughest test for the men's team so far this season and the 28th-ranked Columbia squad stepped up to the challenge.
The Lions tallied 110 points in the 8k race, finishing only behind No. 8 Iona (47pts) for second place. With four runners in the top 25, Columbia defeated big conference schools including Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and host Louisville
"I could not be more pleased with the way our men competed today. We thought we were much improved from last year and the race today strongly supported such, "said Columbia Head Coach of Cross Country Willy Wood.
Leading the race for the Lions was junior Jacob Sienko with a time of 24:08.20 for 15th place. Senior Leighton Spencer (24:10.77) finished 18th and continued to be one of the leaders for a strong Columbia team. Rounding out the top 25 was junior Nico Composto (24:17.31) and senior Mike Murphy (24:18.57) at 23rd and 24th places respectively.
Columbia men's cross country will be back in action on Friday, October 12, as they gear for another tough challenge at the University of Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.