LOUISVILLE – The tandem of Hunter Smith and Josh Roth led Taylor once again, as the Trojans finished fifth among 21 NAIA and NCAA Division III teams in a loaded Louisville Classic on Saturday morning.
No. 13 Taylor posted a time of 131:36 at the race and hauled in 192 points, ending third among all NAIA programs at the meet and behind only No. 4 Lewis-Clark (107) and No. 14 Columbia (121). The Trojans topped No. 16 Madonna (250), No. 17 Shawnee State (388), No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan (255) and No. 21 Indiana Tech (233).
Smith led Taylor for the second time this season, crossing at 25:45.11 to end just five seconds off his personal-best and in 16th-place overall out of 185 competitors in the blue race. Roth followed at 26:08.94 to finish in 29th and ended among TU's top-two performers for the third-straight time to open his collegiate career.
Cho and Taylor also crossed in the top-50, with Cho taking 43rd at 26:27.58 and Taylor taking 47th at 26:31.89. Ben Byrd finished in 57th with a time of 26:43.27 and Andrew Runion claimed 67th at 26:55.85.
The Trojans also had multiple competitors in the silver race, led by Alec DeVries and Joe Beamish, who each raced for the first time this season. DeVries finished in 23rd with a time of 26:59.46 and Beamish eased back into action with a time of 28:08.55. Sam Hardy and Garrett Henderson also performed well for TU, setting new personal-best times of 29:10.83 and 31:16.20.
No. 13 Taylor (31-4) will be right back in action on Friday, October 6, when it races in the Bethel Invite at 5:45 pm.