Harding Men's Cross Country places third at Memphis Twilight Meet

From Harding University

The Harding men's cross country team placed four runners in the top 30 and finished third of 22 teams at the 2011 Brooks Memphis Twilight Meet on Saturday at the Mike Rose Complex.

Harding's third-place finish was the best of the five Division II schools entered in the meet, and the Bisons finished ahead of numerous Division I schools, including Ole Miss of the Southeastern Conference.

Senior Philip Biwott was Harding's top finisher in the four-mile race, placing 11th in 20 minutes, 33 seconds. Freshman Lajos Farkas placed 14th in 20:42, sophomore Taylor Lively was 22nd in 20:58, and senior Ryan Johnson was 30th in 21:17. Harding's fifth scorer was sophomore Andrew Evans in 36th at 21:29. The Bisons finished with 95 points, trailing only Western Kentucky (47 points) and UALR (80 points).

Harding also finished third in the same meet last season.

The Bisons are off next weekend before running in the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 17.

NOTE: Former Harding runner Daniel Kirwa won the Memphis Twilight Meet, running unattached in 19:29, 17 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Former Bison Julius Kosgei ran unattached and finished 15th in 20:46.