OwlSports Update Staff Reporter
The Temple men’s cross country team made back-to-back, weekend trips to Kansas. But it was
the most recent trip that was most satisfying – despite temperatures dipping into the low 30s.
This past weekend, the Owls used their trip to Wichita to finish in 3 rd place in the American
Athletic Conference Championships.
“A different kind of year, a different kind of team, a different kind of season,” said Head Coach
James Snyder after the team’s season was moved from the fall to the winter.
The Owls graduated four of the top five finishers from last year’s team that finished in second
place in the AAC. This time around, Temple was relying on returning senior Kristian Holm
Jensen and the new freshman crew to continue the journey.
The Owls felt good about their chances in Kansas after spending the entire fall semester training
remotely near a team cabin at high-altitude in Montana. One of the only positives of Covid for
Coach Snyder was the time it gave his runners to adapt to the training, stating “we are infinitely
better than we would have been in October.”
Jensen, a senior captain, took 8th place with a time of 24:41 in the 8K run. “Top 10 is always
fun” explained Temples’ top finisher who became a two-time all-conference selection. “It was
the 2020 championships in 2021, which was super weird, but fun. We did what we came to do.
The freshmen class also stepped up as Christian Fitch (18th), Erik Kain (20th), and Tyler
Fauvelle (27th) placing second, third, and fifth on Temple’s team. Junior Ethan Koza rounded
out the top five. “I was overall pretty pleased with the way we competed, considering the
circumstances with three out of the top five being freshmen was solid,” said Snyder. “In the first
8k of their lives, they did a great job competing throughout the duration of the race.”
The Owls’ 3 rd -place finish sat behind second-place Cincinnati and seven-time defending
champion and fourth-ranked Tulsa.
The Owls run again on March 5 th at what is expected to be a much warmer environment – at
Florida State in Tallahassee.