CHANNAHON, IL – A pair of cross country runners represented Governors State at the season-opening USF Twilight Invitational on Friday.
Freshman DeVenchie Catron served notice with a 19:18.7 performance — the second-fastest time for a GSU freshman debut and the fifth-best 5K time in program history.
Teammate Matthew McNeil set a PR of 21:16.7, slashing over a minute off his previous time recorded at Channahon Community Park, site of last year's conference meet.
"We're really pleased that DeVenchie came in under 20 minutes," stated GSU Head Coach Kevin Kredens, noting that Catron finished ahead of 28 other runners. "That's a great time for his first-ever collegiate race, he was keeping up with runners who had twice as much experience."
Host St. Francis and NCAA Division III Chicago finished one-two in the team standings, a reversal of last year's meet won the Maroon.
The Orange and Black travel to the Midwest Classic in Bourbonnais next Friday.