Women’s cross country starts out hot at Tommy Evans Invitational

Simon Hannig

The Kent State men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off their season at Akron on Thursday at the Tommy Evans Invitational.

The men went 0-3 and the women, led by senior Rachel Slingluff, went 3-0. The women defeated Malone 27-28, Akron 19-42 and Youngstown State 19-44.

Slingluff had a first place finish with a time of 18:30. Other notable finishes in the top ten include redshirt junior Hannah Fleck, sophomore Madison Spreitzer and redshirt junior Taylor Wickey.

For the men’s team, they lost to Akron 15-48, Youngstown State 19-37 and Malone 17-40. The men had three top 20 finishers, including freshmen Kyle Brooks, Brandon Avers and Bayley Tow.

Kent State will head to Virginia Tech next week for the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Friday. 

Simon Hannig is a sports beat reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].