LOUISVILLE – The Taylor University women's cross country team finished second-of-18 NAIA and NCAA Division III teams at Saturday's Louisville Classic, turning in the ninth-fastest team time in program history, while topping five other teams inside the NAIA Top-25.
The Trojans raced to a team time of 94:19.7 and picked up 86 points to finish second to No. 2 Aquinas. TU topped No. 6 Shawnee State (104), No. 16 Madonna (167), No. 18 Marian (209), No. 22 Lewis-Clark (241) and No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan (248) in the loaded field.
The trio of Sarah Harden, Livy Schroder and Taylor Bluemel paced Taylor once again, as each crossed among the top-15 finishers out of 171 competitors in the blue race. Mae Elizabeth Gimre joined the group with a top-nine individual time for Taylor this season.
Harden led the squad with a personal-best time of 18:25.10 and an eighth-place overall finish. Harden's time was the seventh-best individual time in TU program history, the team's best of the season and marked the freshman's second time leading Taylor in three races this season.
Schroder followed in 11th overall with a time of 18:37.33 for her second sub-18:40 time of the year and the fourth-best individual time for Taylor this season. Bluemel was next in 14th overall with a time of 18:50.62 for TU's sixth-fastest time this season and Gimre ran the team's ninth-best time of the season to finish in 27th at 19:10.89.
Two other Trojans turned in top-30 finishes, with Naomi Noyes crossing at 19:15.77 to take 28th and Rachel Blagg recorded a time of 19:16.81 to take 30th overall and give TU a total of six finishers inside the top-30.
Taylor also had 11 individuals compete in the silver race, with Andi Foster leading that group by finishing 28th of 269 competitors with a time of 20:01.29.
No. 10 Taylor (31-1) will compete once again on Friday, October, 6, when it races in the Bethel Invite at 5:00 pm.