Park sets school record at Lou Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed in the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday, October 2 at the University of Louisville. The men ran an 8 km and the women a 5 km, where both teams took 16e globally. In addition, graduate student Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio) set a new school record in the 8 km.
In the men’s 8000m gold race, Park set the school record with a time of 23: 32.4. Finishing eighth, Park broke the previous record by six seconds and smashed his career record of 23: 57.9. Park was attended by a graduate student Seth Gard (Eaton, Ohio) and junior Michael Tonkovich (Athens, Ohio), who recorded his own career record of 8,000 times. Gard and Tonkovich clocked in 24: 24.9 and 24: 34.9.
Senior Madelyn Bartolone (Massillon, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the women’s 5,000 gold race with a time of 17: 46.6. Bartolone also set a career record, beating his previous time of 18: 42.9. Sophomore Sophie Hoersten (Hilliard, Ohio) came next, clocking 18: 06.4 for her first 5k as a Bobcat. Graduate student Hailey Bowes (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Finished close behind Hoersten with an 18: 10.8.
Next, the Bobcats will travel to University Park, Pa., To compete in the Penn State National Open on October 15.