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Maple Leafs Go 12-For-19 In Personal Bests At Bethel
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Cross Country - Fri, Oct. 7, 2016

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — A dozen Maple Leafs posted new career highs and two more added their fastest times of the season as the Goshen College men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Bethel College Invitational at Saint Patrick's County Park on Friday.

Chelsea Foster finished fourth and Nora Rangel eighth in the Gray Race for the GC women, while Steven Cranston took 12th overall in the men's Blue Race in the eighth-fastest time ever posted by a Maple Leaf freshman.

A pair of Goshen seniors each set career highs as well: Megan Graves finished the women's five-kilometer (3.11-mile) course in 20:51.6, half a minute faster than her best time from 2014, while Luke Kaufman finished the men's eight-kilometer (4.97-mile) loop in 27:30.8.

Four of the top 22 women in the Gray Race wore Goshen purple and white: beyond Foster and Rangel, whose time of 20:06.9 was less than 10.7 seconds off her best, Graves finished 18th, while Annelise Wiebe was four spots behind in 21:17.1. Siana Emery, Jill Steinmetz and Megan Graber each added the fastest clockings of their careers as well.

Goshen's women took second, behind only Indiana Wesleyan. The men were eighth in the Blue Race – owing to the size of the field and the width of the course, the competing teams were divided into two races per gender. Marian and Taylor took the top two spots in that event.

Cranston led the team for the first time in his career after trailing school-record holder Ryan Smith, who was rested Friday, for the first three meets. Senior Luke Graber joined him in the sub-27-minute club with a 26:59.1 mark to take 40th overall.

Freshman Juan Perez was Goshen's third male finisher: while Perez didn't set a new PR, he came within 1.3 seconds of matching the one he set last week in Kentucky. Senior Daniel Klink was fourth among Maple Leafs in a season-best 27:28.4, one spot ahead of Kaufman who rounded out the scoring.

Four of Goshen's bottom five runners set new collegiate bests, ranging from Ryan Haggerty's 29:22.3 to Rafael Zuniga's 32:46.7. Zuniga lowered his fastest mark by more than two minutes, while Delphin Monga and Jose Ortiz shaved more than a minute and 45 seconds, respectively, off theirs.

"It's clear from the results that our team is putting in the effort from top to bottom, which speaks highly of their desire to continually improve," said Goshen coach Rustin Nyce. "It's good to see the freshmen run well and also have the seniors turning in personal lifetime bests. In that vein I'm pleased to see Megan Graves run as well as she is and to have Luke Kaufman back and running healthy."

After its shortest layoff of the season, five days, between its last two meets, Goshen is off for more than two weeks before returning to action on Saturday, Oct. 22 in the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational at Aquinas College in Michigan.

Men: 8. Goshen 217
13. Steven Cranston 25:58.4
42. Luke Graber 26:51.9
66. Juan Perez 27:23.1
69. Daniel Klink 27:28.4
70. Luke Kaufman 27:30.8
105. Brenner Burkholder 28:46.0
116. Alex Steiner 29:13.6
Ryan Haggerty 29:22.3
Jose Ortiz 30:55.2
Max Burkholder 31:12.8
Delphin Monga 31:34.1
Rafael Zuniga 32:46.7

Women: 2. Goshen 75
4. Chelsea Foster 19:51.1
8. Nora Rangel 20:06.9
19. Megan Graves 20:51.6
23. Annelise Wiebe 21:17.1
28. Siana Emery 21:34.9
30. Jill Steinmetz 21:42.4
42. Kayla Gray 23:00.2
Jenae Stutzman 23:11.4
Megan Graber 24:49.4