Johnson becomes first Hornet woman to break 22-minute 6k

Kaitlin Johnson running

Logan Township, N.J. -- Despite a soft and muddy course, University of Lynchburg's women's and men's cross country teams celebrated a record-setting race Saturday morning at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, hosted by Rowan University at Gloucester County Dream Park.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) ran the first sub-22-minute 6k time in women's cross country program history, clocking in at 21:54.9. It was also the fastest 6k time in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season.

Both Lynchburg's teams topped the list of NCAA South/Southeast Region squads, the Hornet women taking 12th place and the men 17th.

Johnson paced the Lynchburg women with an 14th-place individual finish.

Senior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) and junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) also earned top-60 finishes for the Hornets. Schreiber's 22:45.5 race marked her season-best and put her 54th. Cholak finished two places behind her teammate in 22:47.9.

Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) led the way for the Hornet men, finishing 76th in 26:10.8.

Junior Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.) turned in a personal-best race, 26:36.82, to place 117th.

Click here for full results from Rowan's Inter-Regional Border Battle.

Saturday was Lynchburg cross country's final tune-up before the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, slated for Saturday, Oct. 27 in Winchester, Va.

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