Tigers struggle in JMU Invitational

By Muhammed Waheed, Asst. Sports Editor

Towson finished fourth with 109 points at the James Madison University Invitational last Saturday in New Market, Virginia.

Elon won the seven-team meet with 32 points and also had four runners place in the top five.

“I think we can do a lot better,” said head coach Mike Jackson. “We had a couple athletes that were sick and some who weren’t feeling too well. It was a great opportunity for us to see the course at JMU because that’s where we will be running conference in January so I think it will definitely get a lot better from there.”

Sophomore Olivia Janke took third, timing 21:44.5 and was the first Towson athlete to cross the finish line.

“I thought it was definitely a tough performance,” Jackson said. “It was one of her best overall performances getting top three with some other good runners and I think it will serve as confidence for her going into championship season.”

Freshman Kylie Anicic timed 22:36.6 finishing 19th.

Sophomore McKenzie Delahanty timed 23:21.0 while freshman Alison Betler finished with a time of 23:32.6. Sophomore Nicole Bezborodko finished with a time of 24:16.4

Towson will compete on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Br. Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions in Bronx, New York.

Jackson sees the challenges ahead with the upcoming meet.

“We’ll see some different teams so just looking to compete against them see how we fair with them and then in a different environment and a different course so it’ll be another challenging course and we’re looking forward to it,” he said

Towson will look to improve their team performances going forward. 

“More challenging workouts, working on leadership and team building and continuing to paint a positive picture in terms of where we’d like to be towards the end of the season,” Jackson said.

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