Dec. 2, 2013
On November 16, sophomores Johnny Bywater and Cameron Siler competed in the 2013 NCCAA Cross-Country Championships in Cedarville, Ohio. Both Siler and Bywater placed among the top 100 in the nation; Bywater at 52nd with a mark of 27:06.19 and Siler at 86th with a mark of 27:45.19 for the 8 kilometer grass course.
Before Bywater and Siler, only two other male runners in Trinity’s short athletic history have had the honor of competing at the national meet—Lloyd Byram and Brandon Jenkins just last year.
After a year off, Bywater came back to the sport this year and managed to better his top performance by nearly 16 seconds.
Siler, who in his freshman year only just missed the opportunity to run in the national meet, after a great effort in his off-season training has come back in his sophomore year and improved his 8k time by nearly a minute.
Both of their successes in the face of adversity are part of what makes Siler and Bywater excellent examples of what it means to be a Trinity athlete.
As for next cross-country season, expect to see more national qualifiers, as the team will be bigger, stronger and more experienced with the hard work and leadership of these two runners.