Midland Hosts Annual Half Marathon; Qualify Four for Nationals

FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University hosted the 2018 Midland Half Marathon this past Sunday in blustery conditions of snow and wind. The field consisted of 17 total runners to begin the nearly 13 mile race between Fremont and Valley.

Running for the Warriors were CJ Martinez, Alex France and Cortland Cassidy on the men’s side and Braska Patterson on the women’s. Each runner qualified for the marathon race at nationals as part of the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 25, 2019.

Martinez placed 2nd in the men’s race with a time of 1:12:45 while France was 3rd with a 1:13:02 and Cassidy finished 4th with a time of 1:13:26. Dalton Demers of Briar Cliff won the men’s race with a winning time of 1:11:37.

Patterson finished 3rd in the women’s race with a finishing time of 1:28:21 to qualify for her third national meet. Taylor Grove won the women’s event with a time of 1:25:04.

“CJ was aggressive from the start and was able to sustain his pace until the finish,” commented head coach Erich Whitemore. “Alex was able to continually get faster as the race went on, which is an incredible skill to have in the half marathon. Cortland struggled during the middle part of the race but was able to use his experience and strength to get him to the finish line with a qualifying time.”

“As for Braska, she is just a strong and consistent runner,” Coach Whitemore added. “I am always impressed with how hard she will compete at any distance.”

All four runners will now move inside to warmer temperatures to train and compete in the indoor track season which also began over the weekend.