Aquinas’ Ethan Marshall wins KC Classic cross country

Ethan Marshall didn’t seem all that impressed Saturday with what he accomplished.

Marshall, a St. Thomas Aquinas junior, recorded his first victory of the season during the Greater Kansas City Cross Country Classic at Raymore-Peculiar. That was all fine and good, but what Marshall and the rest of the Saints really wanted was a team title.

And Rockhurst was too dominant to let that happen.

“I was just hoping the team would win,” Marshall said. “But second is not bad. It is what it is.”

Marshall survived a fast-paced race on Ray-Pec’s winding 5-kilometer course and crossed the finished line in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 55.90 seconds. He spent most of the race battling Rockhurst’s Tom Seitzer and Peter Campbell for the lead before breaking way with less than a mile to go.

“It thinned out really quickly, and I just made sure to hang on to the Rockhurst kids from there,” Marshall said. “I hung on until about 800 (meters) to go and then I made my move.”

Seitzer and Campbell finished third and fourth behind Marshall and Edward Wilhite of Warrensburg, leading a foursome of Hawklets who placed in the top 11.

Rockhurst’s Andrew Connor was sixth and Wesley Porter finished in 11th.

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