The Benedictine University Mesa cross country teams continued to makes strides in the right direction on Saturday, running well in the Thunderbird Classic, hosted by Mesa Community College.
On the women's side, Lucy Hanne and Alexis Felix-Ruiz ran side by side for most of the race, finishing in 35th and 36th place, respectively, finishing with their best 5K times of the season, with Hanne running a 26:09, while Felix-Ruiz finished with a 26:22.
For the men, Hunter Murchland continued to lead the pack, running a 28:12 in the 8K race, good enough for a 24th place finish. Gabriel Penate, running in his second race for the Redhawks, shaved off nearly three minutes from his time in the last race, finishing with a time of 30:28.
BenU Mesa is in action next Saturday, heading to California to race in the Vanguard Invitational.