PENSACOLA, Fla. – Senior Will Kirkikis of Kenner, La., ran the 14th best time in the school's men's 8k history on Saturday morning at the Gulf Coast Stampede hosted by the University of West Florida.
Kirkikis finished in 30th place individually in a time of 27:34.40 while the Badger team ran 7th of 13 teams to score 193 total points in an average time of 29:04.22 and a total time of 2:25:21.10. Among NAIA competitors, however, SHC was 3rd of six teams behind Xavier University (La.) with 170 points and Loyola University (La.) with 173 points.
The next four SHC finishers were all freshmen as Ben Redman of Spanish Fort, Ala., was 52nd out of 98 runners in a time of 29:07.60 while Michael Anderson of Marietta, Ga., came in at 29:26.70 for 55th place, Ben Fleming of Metairie, La., ran 29:34.30 for 56th, and John Russell of Cullman, Ala., ran in 57th position for a time of 29:38.10.
The 6th and 7th finishers for the Badgers were senior Christian Boyer from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School who was 59th at 29:50.00 and freshman Conner Kirkikis was in 62nd with a time of 30:12.30. Sophomore Fritz Boudreaux of Pensacola rounded out the SHC runners in 76th place at 31:49.30.
The Badgers next run at the annual Watson Ford Invitational at Choctaw Trails hosted by Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., on Friday at 4:30 p.m.