Bowlus, Minn. / Royalton
It didn't take long for Saint Mary's Peter Borash (Bowlus, Minn./Royalton) to round into record-setting shape in the 2012 season. In just his first race, Borash delighted the Cardinals' home crowd by running to victory and setting a new course record in the process. He also paced an SMU team that finished first and featured four of the top five runners against a good three-team field. For his performance, Borash has been named the first MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week for the 2012 season.
Saturday, Borash impressed by completing the four-mile course in just 21:16.10, which is 40 seconds better than the previous course record and 67 seconds faster than his previous best on his home turf. He edged teammate Aaron Haley by less than two seconds to finish first in the 64-runner field, and helped SMU beat cross-town rival Winona State by four points, 29 to 33, with Luther college finishing a distant third.
Borash and his teammates will try to continue their strong start when they return to action on Sept. 15. Next up on the Cardinals schedule is the St. Olaf Invitational in Northfield, Minn., with the men set to run at 10 a.m. SMU has four races on its fall schedule to prepare for the 2012 MIAC Cross Country Championships, which will be held Oct. 27 at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.