Cleveland State cross country marks end of season with Horizon League Championship race

By: Ramandeep Arora

Runner Hannah Korte was the first Viking to cross the finish line at the Horizon League Championship on March 4, Source: CSU Athletics Department

The Cleveland State University cross-country team recently competed in the Horizon League Cross Country Championship, which marks only the second the Vikings have competed in this season. On March 4 the Vikings competed on a 6K course against other Horizon League competitors at Northview Church course in Carmel, IN.  

Some Vikings who competed include Hannah Korte, one of Cleveland state’s top runners who ran a 23:37, and Emily Nemet- the second Viking to cross the finish line with a time of 24:56. Savannah Shaver, Haley Rozeski and Zoe Lexovsky also competed in the championship race.

Emily Nemet said that the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily affected the cross-country season leading up to the championship race.

“There were a lot of hardships due to the pandemic, but all our Vikings never failed to give their best,” Nemet said.

Emily also mentioned how Head Coach Jason Hudson always motivated the team to keep their stamina up and to give 100% in each race- despite hardships and difficulties they faced. She mentioned that Hudson always encouraged the runners to stay competitive and alert through their races.

“He is our hero, our stamina booster. We feel proud having him with us as your mentor,” Nemet continued. 

The Horizon League Cross Country Championship marked the end of the 2020-2021 CSU cross country season after only two races. However, with coach Hudson’s motivation and the team’s determination, they are prepared to take on the next season despite any challenges they may face.