Bethlehem, PA – The Geneva College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams traveled to Lehigh University to compete in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regionals on Saturday. Both teams competed well in the final race of the season for the Golden Tornadoes.
The women finished 31st out of 52 teams while posting a 25:11 team time in the 6K. Alayna Merkle led the way for Geneva by placing 41st overall with a time of 22:37. Merkle’s performance is the highest ever finish by a Geneva woman in DIII Regionals. Her 22:37 was also third fastest 6K time in Geneva history. Merkle graduates with four of the five fastest cross country times in Geneva College history. In addition, Emily Stone set a personal record with a time of 25:58.
The men finished 45th out of 54 teams while posting a 29:46 team time in the 8K. Jacob Beschner led Geneva with a time of 28:26. Freshman Ken Kutcel came in second with a solid time of 28:49.
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Geneva College was selected to join the Undergraduate Microbial Genome Annotation Program, an initiative of the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI).