Men's Cross Country - Fri, Sep. 15, 2017 - posted by Seth Mikel
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CARMEL, Ind. – For the second time in as many races, the No. 13 Taylor men's cross country program finished atop the individual and team standings. This time, the Trojans won the Crossroads League Preview, with freshman Josh Roth topping the field.


Taylor held off RV Indiana Wesleyan in the heat to secure the team title, despite still racing with less than a full lineup. The Trojans won the meet with 26 points, followed by IWU's 42. Goshen claimed a distant third with 111 points, with Grace ending fourth at 122 and No. 16 Marian finishing fifth with 140 points.


Along with notching the top team and individual finishes, the Trojans saw six individuals cross the tape inside the top-11 overall and had eight finishes inside the top-25 in the field of 87 Crossroads League racers.


Roth led the onslaught with a time of 26:43.9 to outpace the field by over 40 seconds for his first collegiate victory. The freshman has scored a first-place and second-place finish in his first two outings to open his career.


Junior Ben Byrd and senior Jonathan Taylor followed Roth home to end in third and fifth, with times of 27:30.0 and 27:36.0. The race was Byrd's second career top-five finish, with both coming this season, while Taylor logged his first collegiate top-five effort.


Sophomore Hunter Smith followed last week's first-place finish with an eighth-place showing, and freshmen Andrew Runion and Daniel Gerber took ninth and 11th for improvements over their 11th and 17th-place showings seven days earlier.


Stephen Cho claimed the fifth top-20 performance of his four-year career with the Purple and Gold by taking 19th and Joey Ferguson registered his best collegiate showing in three years with Taylor by crossing in 24th.


No. 13 Taylor (15-0) will return to action in two weeks, when it races at the Greater Louisville Classic on September 30.