Bruins cross-country tops competition at invitational

The BJU men’s and women’s cross-country teams recorded a strong showing in the annual Toccoa Falls College Eagle Invitational Saturday, placing first and second respectively.

The men’s team finished on top at the Eagle Invitational for the second consecutive year. Several loyal fans came out to support the Bruins at the meet held just over an hour from BJU’s campus.

In the rainy and cold weather, the Bruins were able to push through and can now fully focus on the NCCAA National Championships in two weeks.

At the start of the women’s race at 10 a.m., the temperature read a cool 42 degrees with 18 mph winds whipping around the frigid air. The weather was no less harsh for the men starting at 10:45 a.m.

The runners were able to persevere through the weather as both teams ran exceptionally well, especially for being just one week removed from a tough meet at the Sand Shark Invitational in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Head Coach Landon Bright has the Bruins cross-country teams improving every meet, and now it is time for the ultimate test: the NCCAA National Championship in Houghton, New York. Last year, in the BJU inaugural cross-country season, the women’s team finished 26th out of 31 teams and the men finished 16th out of 33 teams. Now, Coach Bright looks to push all the momentum forward so the Bruins can finish strong in the 2014 campaign.