Leslie Perona Wins Women’s Individual Title as Evangel Men Earn Team Title

Leslie Perona Wins Women’s Individual Title as Evangel Men Earn Team Title

The Basics
Event: Cottey College Invitational
Location: Nevada, Mo.
Complete Results

JOPLIN, Mo.Leslie Perona raced to a personal best time to win the Cottey College Invitational as the Evangel men's cross country team won the team competition on Saturday morning.

Perona also captured the third best time in Evangel history surpassing her sister and current assistant coach, Emily Perona with a time of 19:20. Camryn Will also finished in the top 10 as the Crusader women finished second in the team standings.

Duncan Gakuru paced the Evangel men to a team title, as the junior finished second individually with a time of 25:42.22. Gakuru's time also moved him into third place all-time as well in Evangel cross country history.

Freshman Christian Davis also earned a top-five time on Saturday as his time of 26:35 earned him the ninth best time in Evangel history. Sophomores Shane Burns and Jonathan Dasal finished together in 26:55, and sophomore Matt McHenry rounded out the Crusaders top five scorers in a personal best of 27:22. 

Men's Results

2 – Duncan Gakuru – 25:42.22
4 – Christian Davis – 26:35.45
5 – Shane Burns – 26:55.17
6 – Jonathan Dasal – 26:55.36
8 – Matt McHenry – 27:22.08
11 – Tyler Bender – 27:36.98
15 – Andrew Bender - 28:18.93
17 – Grant Dewitt – 28:42.20
20 – Jacob Crews – 29:04.40

Women's Results

1 – Leslie Perona – 19:20.42
9 – Camryn Will – 21:05.07
10 – Taylor Cruzado – 21:14.13
12 – Emily Standage – 21:33.71
13 – Jordan Fiorani – 21:38.62
19 – Hannah Shearer – 22:29.37
20 – Hannah Gibson – 22:40.21

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