MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- Caleb Aikens and Lilly Smith posted top-10 finishes in their respective races to lead the Covenant cross country teams at the Georgia DIII Invitational on Friday night on the campus of Berry College. Both teams placed third in their events.
The meets featured Division III programs from across the state of Georgia. Emory won both team and individual titles in each race.
Smith paced the women's team with a ninth-place finish and a time of 24:48.56 in the 6k. Michelann Settle, making her collegiate cross country debut, was the second Covenant finisher at 25:47.87 for a 22nd place finish. Hannah Samuels (26:36.14) and Margaret Fitch (26:46.02) placed 33rd and 37th, respectively, while freshman Heather Hall rounded out the top five for the Scots with a 44th place finish and a time of 27:14.0.
In all, Covenant totaled 78 points for its third place finish. The women placed better than the other two USA South members in the meet as Piedmont finished fourth and Wesleyan fifth.
On the men's side, Aikens put in an impressive run in his collegiate debut. The freshman finished seventh overall with an 8k time of 27:38.10 to lead the Scots. Matthew Tueller came in at 28:04.39 to set a personal best in the 8k and to place 13th overall. Micah Sneller was 29th in the event with his time of 28:43.36 and freshman Jonathan George was right behind finishing 30th at 28:50.15. Fellow freshman Matt Seitz rounded out the top five Scots runners as he completed the course in 28:52.26.
Covenant finished ahead of both Berry and Piedmont in the men's race. The Scots tallied 82 points to trail only Oglethorpe (second) and Emory (first).
9th - Lilly Smith - 24:48.56
22nd - Michelann Settle - 25:47.87
33rd - Hannah Samuels - 26:36.14
37th - Margaret Fitch - 26:46.02
44th - Heather Hall - 27:14.00
49th - Caroline Pepper - 27:38.75
57th - Anna Danek - 28:34.16
58th - Alexandra May - 28:39.15
59th - Emily Robertson - 28:56.82
60th - Ashleigh Baker - 29:20.29
61st - Sydney Fitch - 29:59.40
65th - Hannah Ball - 30:59.88
7th - Caleb Aikens - 27:38.10
13th - Matthew Tueller - 28:04.39 - PR
29th - Micah Sneller - 28:43.36
30th - Jonathan George - 28:50.15
32nd - Matt Seitz - 28:52.26
34th - Matthew Broussard - 28:59.70
37th - Micaiah Allison - 29:09.99
51st - Elias Vedders - 29:33.84
55th - Leif Le Mahieu - 29:47.13
66th - Caleb Keitt - 30:31.86
68th - Zach Atchison - 30:52.61
75th - Nathan Walker - 32:22.94
76th - Reed Vaughn - 32:24.06
77th - Will Richardson - 32:40.19
79th - Michael Rawlings - 36:56.68
Covenant will compete in the Falcon Classic on Sept. 16, hosted by Montevallo.
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