The Trinity Eagle’s Cross-Country team was in action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Sundodger Invitational held at Seattle's Lincoln Park. Brandon Jenkins, Cameron Siler and Lloyd Byram competed in the 8-kilometer race, becoming the first men to don a Trinity Cross-Country uniform for the new program.
Jenkins, the team captain, covered the 8-kilometer course in what, at least for the time being, is a new school record of 27:55.31. He finished 154th out of the field of 236 athletes who finished the race. With the performance, Jenkins qualifies to represent the Eagles at the NCCAA National Cross-Country Championships held Nov. 10 in Cedarville, OH.
Siler, a freshman from Lake Stevens High School, placed 196th and covered the course in 28:55.42. Byram, who competed despite suffering from a stomach virus, finished in 31:40.41.
Head Coach Matt Koenigs was pleased with the debut of the trio at the collegiate 8-kilometer distance.
“Brandon, Lloyd and Cameron all were out very fast in the early stages of the race – probably too fast,” said Koenigs. “Getting this first race under their belts, though, is big in their development and pacing will be much easier in future races with this as a frame of reference.”
Asked about Lloyd’s stomach virus, Koenigs said, “he’s a tough young man, and we didn’t know he was sick until he began describing his symptoms after the race. He’ll bounce back, and we expect to see him up there pushing Brandon when we head to Salem. When we do, I think we’ll see someone better the new school record that Brandon established today.”