SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Taylor University head women's cross country coach, Quinn White, became the second coach in program history to reach 600 wins during TU's second-place showing at the Bethel Invite on Friday.
The tenth-ranked Trojans ran the third-fastest time in program history with a mark of 93:09 for the program's third top-10 team time in four outings this season. Taylor finished with 51 points to top seven teams ranked or receiving votes in the Top-25 Poll in the 18-team field and just six points and 19 seconds shy of No. 2 Aquinas.
The Trojans claimed three of the top-eight individual finishes and placed five runners in the top-20 and nine inside the top-50 among the 203 competitors to take the course. Taylor's top-four individuals all crossed with sub-19:00 times and the squad had 13 of its 20 individuals turn in their fastest times of the season, with four reaching personal-best marks.
The front of Taylor's lineup was especially fast with eight of TU's top-nine performers all running their best marks of the season and three posting personal-bests.
Livy Schroder led the charge for TU, taking third overall with a personal-best time of 18:18.6 for the fifth-best individual time in Taylor history and the team's best time of the season. Schroder led the Trojans for the first time, while scoring her third top-10 effort just four races into her collegiate career.
Sarah Harden finished eight seconds back of Schroder, just one second off her personal-best and finished in sixth overall with a time of 18:26.5 to finish inside TU's top-two for the fourth-straight time to open her career.
Right behind the freshmen duo was sophomore, Taylor Bluemel, who registered the ninth-fastest individual time in TU's program history and her personal-best with a mark of 18:28.0 to claim eighth overall. Bluemel has now finished among TU's top-three in each of the team's first four races this season.
Rachel Blagg (18:51.4), Mae Elizabeth Gimre (19:04.4) and Michelle Franch (19:13.3) all ran their best marks of the season to finish in 15th, 19th and 24th respectively, with Margie Crosby taking 37th with a personal-best time of 19:36.8.
By finishing ahead of 16 teams in the 18-team field, Coach White pushed his career record to 602 wins and just 94 defeats during his eight years with the program. White now sits just 78 wins shy of surpassing the legendary Ray Bullock (1984-1998) as Taylor's all-time winningest coach.
White and the No. 10 Trojans (47-2) will return to action on October 21, when they race at the Great Lake Invite in Grand Rapids, Michigan.