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Cross Country Teams Impress at Berry Invitational

Ruthie Cargill (photo credit: Jack Lewis)
Ruthie Cargill (photo credit: Jack Lewis)

ROME, Ga. -- The Covenant cross country teams bested USA South competition and several other Division III teams at the Berry College Invitational on Saturday morning in Rome. The women placed ninth of 19, while the men were 12th of 16.

Overall, 11 runners set personal records on the day with five on the women's side and six for the men.

Ruthie Cargill set a personal best in the 6k with a time of 24:12.62 to lead the women's team. Cargill placed 42nd overall in the event and bested her previous mark, also set on the Berry course at last year's NCAA Regional, by 36 seconds.

Spookie Eaves was Covenant's second finisher with a time of 25:01.18, good for 70th overall. Lilly Smith set a personal record at 25:20.08 for a 72nd place finish, while Melanie White also set a new best with a time of 26:19.96 to place 102nd overall. Margaret Fitch was not far behind White as she was the fifth Lady Scot to finish in a time of 26:25.70.

Stephanie Lutz (26:28.87) and Juliette Henry (28:22.26) also set personal records on the day.

Covenant finished ninth with 294 total points. The Lady Scots bested USA South foes Piedmont, LaGrange and Maryville while also defeating Birmingham Southern, Millsaps and Agnes Scott. Georgia State took the overall team title with three runners inside the top six.

The men put together one of their best events of the year. 

Micah Sneller paced the Scots with his personal record time in the 8k of 28:24.97 to place 70th overall. Fellow freshman Reed Vaughn also set a new personal best at 28:47.90 to finish 78th.

Phil Moore and Nathan Bierema were the third and fourth Covenant finishers, respectively, as both set new personal marks. Moore placed 93rd with a time of 29:20.71, while Bierema completed the course in 29:41.53. Josh Humpherys was the fifth finisher as he set a personal record at 29:51.66.

The Scots toppled USA South foe Piedmont by virtue of having its top runners finish higher. Covenant also defeated Maryville in the event.

Zach Atchison was the sixth Covenant runner on the men's side to produce a personal record as he timed out at 31:04.74.

Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State were the top two teams in the event. Tech took the team title with 26 points as all five runners finished in the top 10.

Women's Results (9th of 19)

42nd - Ruthie Cargill - 24:12.62 - PR
70th - Spookie Eaves - 25:01.18
72nd - Lilly Smith - 25:20.08 - PR
102nd - Melanie White - 26:19.96 - PR
104th - Margaret Fitch - 26:25.70
105th - Stephanie Lutz - 26:28.87 - PR
134th - Esther Anderson - 28:07.80
137th - Juliette Henry - 28:22.26 - PR

Men's Results (12th of 16)

70th - Micah Sneller - 28:24.97 - PR
78th - Reed Vaughn - 28:47.90 - PR
93rd - Phil Moore - 29:20.71 - PR
97th - Nathan Bierema - 29:41.53 - PR
102nd - Josh Humpherys - 29:51.66 - PR
108th - Hunter Rasmussen - 30:14.15
123rd - Eliot Gardner - 31:02.17
124th - Zach Atchison - 31:04.74 - PR
138th - Charles Taylor - 32:59.13 


The teams will be off next week to prepare for the USA South Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Greensboro, N.C.


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