Auburn pulled off a sweep at its first meet of the year, the Samford Invitational, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Birmingham.
Senior Redatu Semeon won the men’s race, running the 5K in 15:33.16. He finished only one hundredth of a second ahead of freshman Reilly Shaw, who was competing in his first college race.
Sophomores Wesley Pectol, Kevin Wyss and Mitchell Gomez also scored for Auburn, finishing 3rd, 6th and 8th, respectively.
The men totaled only 20 points, beating Alabama (53) and Samford (59) by a wide margin.
The women’s team also had a very strong showing, claiming all top five spots in the race.
Junior Veronica Eder won the race with a 3K time of 10:52.68. Sophomore Molly McKenna, freshman Brenda Kigen and juniors Rachel Givens and Emily Stevens rounded out the top five.
The women scored the minimum 15 points, running away from Alabama (59) and Samford (67).
“Overall, it was a great start to the season,” said coach Mark Carroll. “We will get back to work and get ready for the Furman Classic in a few weeks’ time.”
Both Auburn teams will return to the course on Sept. 12, at the Furman Classic in Greenville, South Carolina.