CLINTON, Miss. - The Owls men's and women's cross country team competed in the Mississippi College Invitational on October 13. The men ran an 8k and the women ran a 6k.
"I'm very proud of how our men's and women's team competed today at Choctaw Trails," explained cross country coach Morgan Turnipseed. "They competed well against the other teams but they also competed against themselves. They worked to be better than they were at the last race which resulted in personal recrods for almost every runner on the team.
The women's team had a victory over Tougaloo and Rust and Tiffany Phillips, a junior, was the first to cross the finish line for the Owls, with a time of 25:06.39.
Three of our women's cross country athletes improved their time by over a minute while three had over a 2 minute 5k personal record. Lauren Smith recorded her personal record for the 5k from last year's time of 27:32 to this year's time of 27:10.
In the men's 8k, the first to cross the line for the Owls was Matthew Geis, who had a time of 34:29.95. David Standifer and Michael O'Brien improved nearly a minute per mile in the 8k while Jabari Williams time improved significantly to 39:09 to reach his end of the year goal for completing an 8k under 40 minutes.
"With sights of fighting hard up until the finish line and seeing the whole team rally behind their teammates at the finish line," continued Turnipseed, "I can confidently say I'm proud of our Owls today."
This meet closed out the Owls cross country season.