LIBERTY — The William Jewell men's and women's cross country teams opened the season Friday, Sept. 25, at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Triangular. The Cardinals competed in Pod 5, hosted by Truman State, in the first official GLVC action in more than six months.
Truman won the meet, but Jewell had strong debut performances from its underclassmen, including Liberty North product Shelby Johnson.
On the women's side, Jenna Schwager made her debut in style, finishing fifth overall with a time of 16:24.27, more than 20 seconds faster than the sixth place runner. Zoe Foreman also finished in the top 10, coming in No. 8 at 17:10.60
Johnson and Jackie Hensley were two more freshmen who made their debuts. Johnson finished with a time of 17:50.34 while Hensley clocked in at 19:15.81.
For the men, it was the sophomore Christian Santiago who led the way, finishing sixth with a career-best time of 13:57.96. Freshman Harley Branch and sophomore Andrew Tracy finished just outside the top 10 with marks of 14:54.50 and 15:08.73, respectively.
The Cardinals are off next weekend before returning to action Oct. 9 in Elsah, Illinois, at the GLVC Divisionals.