Samoei Sets 5k School Record, Leads Women’s Cross Country at Jenna Strong Fall Classic

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For the second consecutive meet, Sheila Samoei (Eldoret, Kenya/Hill/Butler CC) shattered a school record to lead the Lourdes women’s cross country team at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic on Friday afternoon.

The redshirt junior earned top-40 honors and shattered the previous 5k record set in 2016 by Shauri Thomas by more than one minute as she led the Gray Wolves to their first team finish since the opening weekend of the season.

Ball State claimed the team title with 48 points, while Northern Kentucky was second with 61 points and Cleveland State rounded out the top-three with 135 points. Mount Vernon Nazarene was the first NAIA competitor in the final team standings.

As a team Lourdes finished 21st of 35 opponents in the race.

Samoei led Lourdes across the finish line in an impressive 19:27.6 and finished 36th overall among collegiate competitors.

Julia Campos (Toledo, Ohio/Waite), Emma Kosek (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) and Jasmine Stein (Gibsonburg, Ohio/Gibsonburg) finished 153rd, 154th and 155th, respectively after a late push by the trio at the finish line helped Lourdes move ahead in the team standings.

Claire Austin (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) rounded out the top-five for Lourdes in her season debut, while teammate Anna Zofchak (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) completed the race for the Gray Wolves.

The Gray Wolves will be back in action on October 20th as they travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. to compete in the Great Lakes Challenge at Riverside Park.