Beckett leads MC to sixth-place finish in USA South Championships

Beckett leads MC to sixth-place finish in USA South Championships

The Maryville College Men's Cross-Country team wrapped up the 2019 season at the USA South Athletic Conference Championships, as the Scots came away with a sixth-place finish overall.

In a race of 13 teams, MC held the top-10 finish behind Beckett's 13th-place ranking individually.

"On the men's side, we were looking to finish in sixth place," Head Coach Tyson Murphy said. "In cross-country, you can kind of tell who you're fighting against and who you can't touch on paper…Our guys went into this race knowing that a top-five finish would be tough, but a sixth-place finish, we could hang on to. There were two or three teams giving us a run and a push to dislodge that effort, but overall, our guys, collectively, did everything they needed to do to protect that position. I asked my teams to be reasonable about their expectations and do what we're capable of. We did that."

Daniel Beckett earned All-Conference honors with a 13th-place finish in a field of 105 runners.

The Oak Ridge, Tenn. native ran the 8K course in a time of 26:51.84. He was the only All-Conference honoree besides All-Sportsmanship honoree Ryan Lay.

"Our lead-out for the last four years has been senior Daniel Beckett," Murphy said. "He ran in the high 26s, and it's his third or fourth race with a sub-27-minute 8K this year. That's fantastic. He set the school record [earlier], and he's just been all over it since. It's great to see your seniors go out being really fast and really consistent. Not just one great race, but he put together a body of solid, sound work."

Berea College took the team title, as they had six runners in the top seven. Covenant College and Piedmont College tied for second place, as Methodist University ranked fourth. N.C. Wesleyan ranked fifth with the Scots taking sixth.

Individually, the top five included five Mountaineers. Logan McKenzie won the individual crown with a time of 25:27.35, while Luke Wilson ranked second at 25:40.08. Sair Salgado, Tanner Carson and Tyler Little rounded out the top five, as Brendan Yeager of Covenant College took sixth.

Lay – the Scots' All-Sportsmanship honoree – followed Beckett's performance with a 50th-place finish of his own. He ran the Rocky Mount, N.C. course in a time of 28:50.24, while Richard Martin had a time of 30:00.74 which was good enough for 58th.

Cooper Harrison and Parker Owens finished less than two seconds apart, as Harrison had a time of 32:33.57. Owens tallied a time of 32:35.32 for 77th and 78th. Matthew Finstad had a time of 36:56.44, as Lee Parker ran a 38:18.24.

"A couple of big time PRs for several of our runners," Murphy said. "Probably the best races came from Richard Martin, our third-place runner and Cooper Harrison. They had just great runs."

Maryville will now prepare for the NCAA Southeastern Regional race on Saturday, Nov. 16. The race will be held at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn.

The Maryville College Men's Cross-Country team wrapped up the 2019 season at the USA South Athletic Conference Championships, as the Scots came away with a sixth-place finish overall.

In a tournament of 13 teams, MC held the top-10 finish behind Beckett's 13th-place ranking individually.

"On the men's side, we were looking to finish in sixth place," Head Coach Tyson Murphy said. "In cross-country, you can kind of tell who you're fighting against and who you can't touch on paper…Our guys went into this race knowing that a top-five finish would be tough, but a sixth-place finish, we could hang on to. There were two or three teams giving us a run and a push to dislodge that effort, but overall, our guys, collectively, did everything they needed to do to protect that position. I asked my teams to be reasonable about their expectations and do what we're capable of. We did that."

Beckett earned All-Conference honors with a 13th-place finish in a field of 105 runners.

The Oak Ridge, Tenn. native ran the 8K course in a time of 26:51.84. He was the only All-Conference honoree besides All-Sportsmanship honoree.

"Our lead-out for the last four years has been senior Daniel Beckett," Murphy said. "He ran in the high 26s, and it's his third or fourth race with a sub-27-minute 8K this year. That's fantastic. He set the school record [earlier], and he's just been all over it since. It's great to see your seniors go out being really fast and really consistent. Not just one great race, but he put together a body of solid, sound work."

Berea College took the team title, as they had six runners in the top seven. Covenant College and Piedmont College tied for second place, as Methodist University ranked fourth. N.C. Wesleyan ranked fifth with the Scots taking sixth.

Individually, the top five included five Mountaineers. Logan McKenzie won the individual crown with a time of 25:27.35, while Luke Wilson ranked second at 25:40.08. Sair Salgado, Tanner Carson and Tyler Little rounded out the top five, as Brendan Yeager of Covenant College took sixth.

Lay – the Scots' All-Sportsmanship honoree – followed Beckett's performance with a 50th-place finish of his own. He ran the Rocky Mount, N.C. course in a time of 28:50.24, while Richard Martin had a time of 30:00.74 which was good enough for 58th.

Cooper Harrison and Parker Owens finished less than two seconds apart, as Harrison had a time of 32:33.57. Owens tallied a time of 32:35.32 for 77th and 78th. Matthew Finstad had a time of 36:56.44, as Lee Parker ran a 38:18.24.

"A couple of big time PRs for several of our runners," Murphy said. "Probably the best races came from Richard Martin, our third-place runner and Cooper Harrison. They had just great runs."

Maryville will now prepare for the NCAA Southeastern Regional race on Saturday, Nov. 16. The race will be held at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn.