Both WKU cross country programs earn top-10 finishes in Memphis Twilight Classic


WKU Athletics

WKU’s Dedrick Troxell placed 17th in the men’s side of the Memphis Twilight Classic on Sept. 4, 2021.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

WKU rang in its 2021 cross country season with both its men’s and women’s programs placing in the top-10 at the Memphis Twilight Classic.

The women’s program finished in fifth place out of 22 competing programs with an average 5K time of 18:55.17. The team was paced by Savannah Heckman, who finished night seventh out of 193 total runners and set a new PR of 17:54.66. Lucy Rutherford turned in a PR of her own, placing 24th with a time of 18:35.51. Freshman Elyssa Toal came in 32nd overall with a mark of 18:59.91.

“I’m really proud of how the women performed tonight,” cross country head coach Brooks LeCompte said after the meet. “Placing fifth as a team against this level of competition speaks volumes to the work they’ve put in over the summer months. Savannah [Heckman] ran extremely well, leading us with a seventh-place finish. I can’t be more excited for them.”

Dedrick Troxell set a PR of 20:11.02 and finished 17th out of the 211 runners on the men’s side, which finished in ninth place overall. Keegan Barnette earned a top-50 finish in his first meet competing for WKU, coming home 41st and turning in a time of 20:46.17.

“The guys ran solid and kept close to each other. We will have to keep progressing together as a group and I see big things ahead for them as the season continues,” LeCompte said.

WKU will take close to a two-week break before it turns its attention to the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt on Friday, Sept. 17.

Women’s Results

5th – Team – 18:55.17 avg.

7th – Savannah Heckman – 17:54.66 (PR)

24th – Lucy Rutherford – 18:35.51 (PR)

32nd – Elyssa Toal – 18:59.91

53rd – Mary Dye – 19:32.68

54th – Rory O’Connor – 19:33.09

92nd – Maddy Hurt – 20:23.86

118th – Madeline Powell – 20:58.97

140th – Abigail Green – 21:46.03

142nd – Jenna Vaughn – 21:51.34

166th – Lauren Dowd – 23:09.78

Men’s Results

9th – Team – 21:06.94 avg.

17th – Dedrick Troxell – 20:11.02 (PR)

41st – Keegan Barnette – 20:46.17

68th – Brad Wiggins – 21:19.17

80th – Will Perrone – 21:37.18

84th – Trey Kraimer – 21:41.16

85th – Miles Huff – 21:41.18

99th – Collin Pruitt – 21:58.79

141st – Jordan Eddy – 22:46.51

153rd – Steven Votaw – 23:10.67

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