Cross Country Wins Walt Crawford Open

Monday, September 9 2019 - EIU Walt Crawford Open

Franky Romano wins men's 8K, Grace Rowan wins women's 5K

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois cross country opened the 2019 season on Friday afternoon with the Panthers winning both the men's and women's Walt Crawford Open.

The EIU men had five of the top six finishers as they finished in first place followed by SIUE in second.

On the women's side five Panthers finished in the top seven to win the event with SIUE in second.

Franky Romano won the men's 8K race with a time of 25:44.7.  Jaime Marcos was second with a time of 26:14.2.

On the women's side Grace Rowan won the 5K race with a time of 18:16.2.  Helena Keenan was second for the Panthers with a time of 18:31.1.

The remainder of the men's top five runners for EIU included Adam Swanson in fourth with a time of 26:37.1, David Thompson in fifth with a time of 26:53.4 and Trevor Murphy in sixth with a time of 26:55.1.

On the women's side the remaining top five EIU runners included Avani Flanagan in fourth with a time of 18:49.9, Maggie McPherson in sixth with a time of 19:07.0 and Jocelyne Mendoza in seventh with a time of 19:08.9.