Ayers, Miles blaze to personal records
The Iowa Wesleyan College cross-country teams competed at the Loras College Dr. Tucker Invitational on Friday night.
The Tigers blazed through the cool temperatures for their best meet of the year as a team.
Jake Ayers had a monstrous run in the men’s race. Despite having a shoe come untied with nearly two miles to go, Ayers pushed through to a 46-second personal record. His time of 27:51 on the 8-kilometer course put him 16th overall.
“Jake (Ayers) ran a phenomenal race,” said Head Coach Tad Hulst. “He locked in on the pace we wanted to hit and really challenged himself. He ran a really positive race, passing guys throughout the race.”
Breanna Derynck led the Iowa Wesleyan women’s team in the 6-kilometer race. Derynck ran just four seconds off her season best, clocking in at 28:09 to finish 74th overall.
Allison Miles also competed for the Tigers. Like Ayers, Miles set a 46-second personal best, running 34:24 for the 6k race. She placed 91st overall.
“Bre (Derynck) and Allison (Miles) ran strong today, too,” Hulst said. “We took a good step and as a team and we’ll look to carry that momentum in the conference meet in two weeks. There’s definitely still room in the tank, and we’ll use the confidence we got from today to carry us at conference.”
The Tigers return to action at the SLIAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2. The conference championships will be hosted by Greenville College at the Hillsboro Country Club & Park District in Hillsboro, Ill.