MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Freshman on the course and sophomore on the field Caroline Greer led The W women's cross country team at Saturday's 2019 Rhodes Cross Country Invitational at Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls saw some improvement, running their first 6k of the season, to place 21st in a very crowded field.
Greer, a New Albany, Miss. native, finished with a time of 30:27.2 and an 8:09.9 average mile. Still recovering from two surgeries, the speech pathology major powered through to be the first Owl to cross the finish line. In the effort, Greer beat the previously set school record for the 6k by a minute and three seconds.
Coming in a little over a minute after Greer, freshman Lillie Fisher became the second runner from The W to complete the race. The Utica, Miss. native finished with a time of 31:30.6 and an 8:26.9 average mile. She also beat the previous Owls record by a hundredth of a second.
Lillian Ergle, Tiffany Phillips, Caitlyn Nodine, Tariona Mitchell, and Mateline Newman finished within seconds of each other in respective order. Ergle finished third for The W having a faster pace from her previous 5k. Phillips, a senior, beat her personal record by 1:27 to finish fourth on the team and freshman runner Nodine finished just seconds behind her.
"The W's school record for the 6k has been 31:30, a record that was set our first season of women's cross country and [it] was not broken last year," said head coach Morgan Turnipseed. "Today, both Caroline Greer and Lillie Fisher beat that record.
"I'm proud of each and every runner today," Turnipseed continued. "This is a group of competitors who cheer on their teammates to the finish line. With a team like this, you know great things are ahead and you anticipated getting to watch them compete again, always striving to be their best."