The Wesley College men's and women's cross country teams each took fourth out of seven teams in the Delaware State University Farm Run Invitational on Thursday afternoon. On both the men's and women's side, Wesley was the only NCAA Division III team competing against Division I and Division II competitors.
The Wolverines ran well on a hilly course with high grass and difficult terrain with several members of each squad reaching a personal record.
On the women's side Deunise Desir paced the squad, finishing 13th overall with a time of 21:02 for the 5k race. Danae Carter and Diandra Rhoden finished within seconds of each other, coming in 19th and 20th respectively. Chiquita Deline was the fourth Wolverine across the finish line with a time of 22:57. Quadira Minus and Jontae Hankins finished back-to-back with times of 23:16 and 23:18 respectively. Elizsha Streeter finished the race in 24:05 on the day.
The Wesley women finished behind event winners UMES and Morgan State and nearly clipped the host Hornets. Delaware State finished with a team score of 97 while Wesley scored a 105. The Wolverines topped Lincoln (Pa.), Norfolk State, and Coppin State.
In the men's 8k race, Will Taylor navigated the course in 28:19 for a 13th place finish. Carlton Sheppard and Jamier Bailey came in one after the other with respective times of 29:37 and 29:40. Myles Watson ran a solid race, timing out at 31:27 while Christian Earle rounded out the Wesley top five with a 32:52 finish. Hugo Torrecilla and Justin Blank each showed significant improvement from their prior races, finishing in 35:54 and 36:19 respectively.
The Wolverines finished with a 111 on the day, one point ahead of Morgan State and well ahead of host Delaware State and Lincoln (Pa.). UMES won the men's event with Norfolk State taking second and Coppin State grabbing third.
Wesley will compete again on the same course at another meet hosted by DSU on October 17.