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Burgess Posts School Record, Cross Country Teams Finish Well at Sewanee Invitational

(photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
(photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Senior Beth Burgess set another school record in the 6k and the Covenant cross country teams fared well at the Sewanee Invitational on Saturday morning. The women were led by Burgess' record setting time and second straight individual win as they placed third, while the men had two runners place in the top 15 to finish fifth.

Burgess bested her previous school record in the 6k by 14 seconds with a time of 23:44.5. The senior was neck-and-neck with Maryville's Emily Guillame for the lead throughout the race until the final 400 meters when Burgess took the lead for good. In her last two 6k races dating back to last year's NCAA South Regional meet, Burgess has has set personal and program bests.

Junior Ruthie Cargill also set a personal record in the 6k with her time of 25:21.8, which placed her seventh in the event. Anna Hankal (26:20.19), Margaret Fitch (26:27.28) and Esther Anderson (26:28.61) finished 17th, 18th and 19th, respectively. Freshman Jordan Francis palced 24th with her time of 27:03.94, while sophomore Grace Bodron completed the race in 27:26.15 which set a new personal best.

Covenant finished in third with 62 points, just four behind Birmingham Southern for second place. Sewanee took the team victory with 48 total points.

"The girls ran really well," noted head coach Katie Stanford. "We beat out a good region team in Washington & Lee and came very close to Birmingham Southern. Our goal for the race was to stay close together to keep the team score down and they did that."

On the men's side, the Scots were led by freshman Eliot Kaufmann and his 12th place finish with a time of 27:26 in the 8k event. Graham Massot was not far behind as he placed 14th by finishing in 27:51.59.

In his first 8k event, freshman John Weaks finished 33rd with a time of 29:57.62. Eliot Gardner set a personal record at 30:45.63 and finished 37th. Charles Taylor also set a new personal best at 34:16.92.

Seniors Stephen Dillon and Jack Williams competed in the event, but were both hampered by illnesses.

"Eliot and Graham really stepped up for the team today," said Stanford. "They did a great job of stepping up today. Overall, the guys ran well and we finished with a couple of PRs."

Covenant finished fifth of seven teams in the event.

The teams will be back in action next Saturday at the Saucony Invitational in Helen, Georgia. The men will race at 8 a.m., while the women's event begins at 8:45 a.m.

Be sure to follow the Scots all season long on athletics.covenant.edu and on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up-to-date scores, news and other information.

Women's Results:

1st - Beth Burgess - 23:44.5
7th - Ruthie Cargill - 25:21.8
17th - Anna Hankal - 26:20.19
18th - Margaret Fitch - 26:27.28
19th - Esther Anderon - 26:28.61 
24th - Jordan Francis - 27:03.94
26th - Grace Bodron - 27:26.15
39th - Julia Price - 29:13.97
47th - Sarah Jo Griffith - 30:38.71

Men's Results:

12th - Eliot Kaufmann - 27:26.0
14th - Graham Massot - 27:51.59
33rd - John Weaks - 29:57.62
37th - Eliot Gardner - 30:45.63
43rd - Stephen Dillon - 31:11.48
44th - Phil Moore - 31:18.05
48th - Justin Jantomaso - 31:45.07
52nd - Jack Williams - 32:40.61
56th - Zach Atchison - 34:01.65
58th - Charles Taylor - 34:16.92 

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