Wilmore, KY: The Alice Lloyd College “Running Eagles” cross-country teams traveled to central Kentucky to compete in the challenging Chick-fil-A Classic, hosted by Asbury University. The course is comprised primarily of rolling hills that prevent it from being considered a “speed course”. It is one that requires intense effort and easily adds several minutes to a runner’s best time.
In the events, a total of 50 women’s runners and 38 men’s runners comprised the field for the 5K (3.1 miles) women’s race and 8K (5 miles) men’s race. Alice Lloyd women’s competitors faced runners from 6 different colleges while the men’s competitors faced 6 different squads as well.
On the day for the women, they were led once more by speedy Carlee Salyers, who finished the meet in 20:54, to earn 3rd place. Soon after, Sara Cecil (20:02) and Abigail Webb (22:04) crossed the finish line, completing the course in 15th and 16th positions. Rounding out the team’s top five were Brooke Vanover in 19th (22:17), and Cara Acey in 29th (23:11).
In addition, Hannah Bryant (24:34), Olivia Inskeep (24:54), and Kaitlyn Ratliff (25:54) all ran a determined race as well. The club would finish 4th overall.
In the men’s event, the Eagles were paced by Ryan Morris, as he sprinted across the trail at 26:55 to finish in 3rd place. He was followed by Anthony Hildago, as he crossed the line in 28:49 and earned himself 9th place.
Owen Lindsey (30:10 -18th), and Micah Blankenship (30:51 -23rd) were the next to cross, while Koby Proffitt (31:14 -31st) was the fifth individual Eagle to finish.
In addition, Jacob Bush (34:44) and Jacob Vanhook (34:56) gave a solid effort as well. The club would finish 5th overall.
The squad will use the next two weeks to prepare for the River States Conference Tournament which will be held on Saturday, November 6th.