NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - Julio Martinez (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) dominated the men's race and Kiley Varney (SR/Hesston, Kan.) paced the women's team to a third place finish here Saturday at the Bethel College Cross Country Invitational held on the Bethel Cross Country Course.
The women finished behind team winners Hesston College but ahead of conference foe Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Martinez took control of the men's 8K race early, opening a gap of 30 meters at the first mile mark. Over the next mile, he was able to up the lead slightly but Jonathan Landis of Hesston College tried to cut the gap between the two. Between miles two and three, Martinez surged and lengthened the gap to almost 200 meters, a gap he would maintain to the finish.
"Julio ran a really controlled race," offered Bethel head cross country coach Jeff Hoskisson. "He ran smooth and was able to keep working and build a good gap over the final two miles of the race."
Martinez finished with a time of 28:15.18 over the wet and soggy course.
Teammate Thomas Schott (FR/Miller Place, N.Y.) has his best race of the season and finished eighth in 31:13.31. Schott started conservatively and progressed forward the entire race.
"I am really proud of the way Thomas ran today," remarked Hoskisson. "At one point he complained about being tired but he stuck with it and finished very strong."
Varney, as she has done all season, started conservatively and continued to work her way up through the field to record a ninth place finish in 22:46.02 over the 5K distance.
"Kiley ran a super race today," said Hoskisson. "She continues to run smart each week and is setting herself up for a good conference meet in a few weeks."
Jennifer Meysing (FR/Goessel, Kan.) finished two spots behind Varney in 11th in 23:03.11.
"Jen tried to do a little too much today and didn't run very relaxed," Hoskisson said of her race. "She is still learning how to compete at the collegiate level. I am very pleased with the way she is progressing though."
Jordan Hill (JR/Augusta, Kan.) wasn't far behind the front duo finishing in 15th place and running 24:09.61.
The Threshers are off next week before traveling to Winfield on the 21st to take part in the Mid-States Classic. Bethel will be competing at the KCAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 4 at Rolling Acres Golf Course outside McPherson.