LOUISVILLE – Taylor ripped off the fastest time of the Vanderberg era, topping No. 5 Marian, No. 11 Indiana Tech and No. 20 Shawnee State along the way, as the No. 14 Trojans led all NAIA teams and finished third overall at the 35-team Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday.
TU's team time of 130:01was over one full minute faster than any other NAIA squad at the meet, while the 163 team points bested third place No. 11 Indiana Tech by 20, fifth place No. 20 Shawnee State by 48 and ninth place No. 5 Marian by 114.
NCAA Division II Grand Valley State claimed the team crown with 51 points and a time of 127:27, with NCAA Division II Edinboro placing second overall with 122 points and a time of 129:28.
Matt Hall paced TU once again, this time taking fourth of 317 racers and finishing just over two seconds off a new personal-best time with a mark of 24:57.83. Eight of the 16 Trojans to finish behind Hall did record the fastest times of their careers, with Joseph Beamish, Tanner Dye, Hunter Smith, Jonathan Taylor, Connor Legge, Landry Long, Reid Otto and Garrett Henderson all running collegiate personal bests.
Beamish crossed at 25:44.48 to take 15th overall, followed by Dye in 26th at 26:01.96, Smith in 62nd at 26:38.07 and Taylor in 63rd at 26:38.97. Benjamin Byrd and Aaron Scott rounded out Taylor's top-seven finishers in 99th and 105th.
No. 14 Taylor (48-5) will return to action on Friday, October 7, when it races at the Bethel Invite beginning at 6:00 pm.