OXFORD – The Jacksonville State cross country teams opened the 2014 season hosting the JSU/Strut’s Season Opener on Friday evening at the Oxford Lake complex in Oxford, Ala.
The Jax State men claimed silver in the team standings, while the Gamecock women finished third in the field.

In the men’s 5K, JSU was paced by senior Mickey Sanders.  The Marquette, Mich.-native finished seventh with a time of 17:00.67 in the first outing of the season.  Sophomore Steven Payne also posted a top-10 finish with a mark of 17:08.93.  Sophomore Ben Pryor crossed the finish line just outside the top-10 with a time of 17:40.88.  Seniors Jordan Cummins and Paul Lueck rounded out the Jax State scoring with marks of 17:45.57 and 17:46.10 respectively.

Mercer claimed the team title on the men’s side with 18 points.  The Bears had the top-four finishers in the event.  Trexler Davis claimed medalist honors with a winning time of 16:14.16.
In the women’s event, JSU sophomore had one of her best showings of her career as the McDonough, Ga. covered the 4K course in 15:54.28 to finish sixth in the field.  Senior Whitley Towns registered a mark of 16:42.47 to claim the 14th spot.  Freshman Dayja Simon made her Gamecock debut in the opener and finished in 17:45.68.  Sophomore Briana Jackson and Hannah Pelham rounded out the Jax State individuals.

MU swept the team titles as it claimed the women’s crown.  Alabama State finished second behind the Bears.  Kami Orrender of MU was the individual winner on the women’s side with a time of 15:04.37.

The Gamecocks return to action on Friday, Sept. 5 as they will compete in the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga/PowerAde Invitational.

~ JSU Sportswire

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