By John Dietrich
OXFORD, Alabama –
Auburn’s cross country team opened the 2022 season in style Friday at the Foothills Invitational as the women’s Tiger won the team race, while the men finished second overall. Second year students Hallie Porterfield and Cooper Atkins led the Tigers in each of their respective races, with both finishing second overall.
On the women’s side, the Tigers took four of the top five places, led by silver Porterfield, matching their result at the same competition a year ago. The Birmingham native crossed the 4k finish line in 14:01.27.
“I’m really happy to see Hallie and Samantha Rogers pave the way for our program and put on some very controlled and solid races,” the Auburn cross country coach said. Aaron Kindt.
Auburn swept second to fifth as Rogers (14:05.37) finished third, followed by senior Hannah Tarwater (14:20.64), and second Hannah Soss (14:30.79).
“We also had very good performances from both Hannahs, who improved a lot this summer and showed that they are capable of helping the team this year,” Kindt said.
In their Auburn debut, rookie Kali Holden (15:15.97) finished 13th and Hailey Marston (15:21.39) finished 19th.
On the men’s side, Atkins led the group of top Tigers on the men’s side, crossing in 15:37.89. Atkins was joined by newcomers Joseph Perry, Isaiah Billingsley and Ethan Snyder who finished third, fourth and tenth respectively.
“Cooper did a really good job and ran a solid race even though he wasn’t very fresh,” Kindt said. “I thought Isaiah, Joseph and Ethan, all true freshmen, competed very well for us and I’m excited for their future.”
The young group of Perry (15:39.37), Billingsley (15:40.76) and Snyder (15:47.35) were joined by rookie Trey Hurt (16:04.08) to complete the scoring.
Auburn will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 16 as the Tigers travel to Huntsville, Alabama to compete in the North Alabama Showcase at the John Hunt Cross Country Course.
2022 Foothills Invitational
Choccolocco Park Sports Complex
Results Women (4k)
1. Auburn, 27 points
Auburn Individual Results
2. Hallie Porterfield14:01.27
3. Samantha Rogers14:05.37
4. Hannah Tarwater14:20.64
5. Hannah Soss14:30.79
13. Kali Holden, 15:15.97
19. Hailey Marston, 15:22.11
28. Breckin Gould, 15:33.41
Results Men (5k)
2. Auburn, 35 points
Auburn Individual Results
2. Cooper Atkins15:37.89
3. Joseph Perry, 15:39.37
4. Isaiah Billingsley, 15:40.76
10. Ethan Snyder, 15:47.35
19. Trey injured, 16:04.08
25. Dustin Lewis16:16.46
28. Marc Foster16:20.18
47. Reese Bell, 16:49.34
59. Benson Atkins17:06.90