STERLING, Kan., - Mid-70's temps and clear skies greeted the Bethel College harriers here Saturday at the Warrior Fest XC Invitational, held at the Sterling Country Club. Using the conditions to their advantage Julio Martinez (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jennifer Meysing (FR/Goessel, Kan.) paced the way for the Threshers.
Martinez started the day for the Threshers in the men's race. He started very conservatively, mid pack through the first half mile and then he quickly moved forward. By the end of the first mile he was fourth and just off the pace of the leaders.
By the end of the first of four loops over the 8K course, Martinez had moved into the lead and slowly pulled away from the field.
"Julio ran an excellent race," offered Bethel head coach Jeff Hoskisson. "We talked before the race about being very conservative over the first mile and then building to the finish. That is exactly what he did."
Martinez ran 26:35.60, his fastest race ever as a Thresher to compliment the victory.
Meysing went out with the lead pack while the others were further back in the pack. Meysing was never outside the top 15 in the race and was able to have as high as tenth. Her time of 21:05.00 is a personal best over the 5K distance.
"Jennifer ran a very good race," remarked Hoskisson. "She went out a little faster than we wanted but she was able to stay with it and was rewarded with a personal best and a top 11 finish."
Varney, for the second week in a row, worked her way up through the field in a very efficient manner and was rewarded with a time of 22:10.80, which was 15 seconds faster than she ran in this race last year.
Dwyer, in her first race for Bethel, ran smart but got caught in a gap between packs but was able to maintain her composure and run a solid race turning in a tie of 25:12.90.
O'Neal also ran a solid race recording a time of 28:24.20.
The Threshers are off this next week before traveling to Emporia on Friday, September 22 for the ESU Invitational.