Men's Cross Country - Sat, Oct. 22, 2016 - posted by Seth Mikel
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The eighth-ranked Taylor University men's cross country team finished ninth-of-25 teams at the Great Lakes Invite on Saturday, finishing third among all Crossroads League teams while racing without two of its top contributors.


Matt Hall led the squad once again, registering his fifth top-five finish in as many races this season with a third-place finish and a time of 25:15. Hunter Smith and Benjamin Byrd helped fill the void in TU's lineup, carding personal-bests at 26:13 and 26:21 to finish 36th and 43rd overall. The finish was the best team finish for each, while Smith turned in a personal-best for the third-straight race and Byrd topped his previous best time by over 30 seconds.


Jonathan Taylor ran a 26:45 to take 69th, with Aaron Scott turning in a season-best time of 26:48 to end 75th to round out TU's top-five scorers. Stephen Cho, Landry Long and Micah Bragg also finished among the front half of the 302 competitors, as Taylor placed eight individuals inside the top-135.


Taylor posted a team time of 131:24 and scored 214 points to finish ninth overall and back of Crossroads League foes No. 5 and first-place Marian and RV and fourth-place Bethel in the team standings. TU topped the remaining seven league squads at the meet.


No. 8 Taylor (73-14) will go head-to-head with Marian, Bethel and the entire Crossroads League field when it races for the league championship on November 5 at Indiana Wesleyan.