SALEM, Ore. -- The Creighton men's cross country team finished 18th at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore., on Saturday, while the women's team finished 22nd. The squads were competing in their first meets outside the state of Nebraska this fall. The University of Portland won the men's race and Idaho was the women's team champion.
Creighton's men were led for the third time in as many races this year by sophomore Chris Culhane. He ran the 8,000-meter course in 25:22, a season-best. His time was good enough for a 56th-place finish in the 239-man field.
The Jays' next-best finisher was sophomore Tom Shimp, who finished 147th with a time of 27:00, and junior Casey Jergenson, who crossed the finish line in 27:01, was right behind him in 148th place. Creighton junior Evan Daugherty was only 12 seconds behind the Shimp-Jergenson combo, as he finished 153rd, and sophomore Mike Hitt rounded out Creighton's scoring by finishing 160th with a time of 27:26.
The women's team was led by a duo of freshmen. Slaine Kelly finished 56th in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18:36, and fellow newcomer Meagan Wilderson finished 107th with a time of 19:22.
The other three runners who contributed to Creighton's team score were sophomore Izzy Squires (20:28), who finished 180th; sophomore Elizabeth Timberlake (20:45), who finished 206th; and freshman Lauren Hintz (20:58), who finished 219th. There were 257 runners entered in the women's race.
Both teams are back in action on Oct. 16 at the Parkside Invitational in Kenosha, Wis.