SEARCY, Ark. (HU) – The Harding men's cross country team, ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, placed eight runners in the top 10 and cruised to victory over three other Gulf South Conference teams Saturday at the Bison Stampede. Harding hosted the three-mile race at the Wyldewood Retreat Center, the same location as the 2008 NCAA South Region Meet.
Harding junior Daniel Kirwa won the individual title with a time of 14 minutes, 51.35 seconds. Philip Biwott was second in 15:10.44. The Bisons rounded out the top five with Wojciech Kopce third in 15:39.45, Taylor Lively fourth in 15:43.99, and Manase Busienei fifth in 15:51.16.
The top finisher among non-Harding runners was Henderson State's Gabriel Ghioca, who placed sixth in 15:55.26.
Harding finished with a perfect score of 15 points. Southern Arkansas was second with 59 points, Henderson State was third with 67, and Arkansas-Monticello was fourth with 117.
Harding ran the race wearing pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the race went to the family of Lori Newby, the wife of Harding Academy coach Jon Newby, who is currently battling breast cancer.
The Bisons will be in action again next Saturday at the Gulf South Conference Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Harding will be looking for its third straight GSC title and 10th in the last 11 years.