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Cross Country Sweeps Maryville Invitational with Two Titles

Lilly Smith (left), Caleb Aikens (right)
Lilly Smith (left), Caleb Aikens (right)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The Covenant cross country teams put on a dominating display on Saturday morning at the Maryville Invitational as both teams claimed team titles in the races. The women placed three runners in the top 10 and produced six personal records, while the men had six runners finish in the top 10 and had three personal bests.

The women totaled 41 points, besting host Maryville by 17 points. The men tallied 20 points while easily defeating runner-up Concordia and third-place Pfeiffer.

Lilly Smith paced the women with a personal best time in the 6k of 24:07.4 to place second overall. The time is the fourth fastest in program history. Michelann Settle continued her strong start to the year with her personal best of 24:32.8 to finish fourth. Hannah Samuels also placed inside the top 10 as her ninth place finish came at a time of 26:05.4. Heather Hall (26:38.3) placed 12th and Margaret Fitch (27:31.3) finished 16th to round out the top five Covenant finishers. Hall's time was also a personal best.

Three other Covenant women runners set personal records. Emily Robertson finished in 28:53.8, Ashleigh Baker in 29:08.1 and Hannah Ball in 29:08.6.

On the men's side, Covenant dominated the race. Caleb Aikens led a pack of Covenant runners that finished 2-7 in the final results. Aikens finished second at a time of 28:15.9 followed by Matthew Tueller's third place finish at 28:25.0. Micah Sneller was fourth at 28:42.3, while Matthew Broussard set a personal best in the 8k with a time of 28:50.8 to finish fifth. Matt Seitz (29:00.0) and Jonathan George (29:21.7) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. 

Micaiah Allison just missed the top 10 with his 11th place finish at 29:57.5. Nathan Walker (32:04.7) and Will Richardson (32:23.5) also set new personal best marks in the event.

Women's Results (1st place - 41 points):

2nd - Lilly Smith - 24:07.4 - PR
4th - Michelann Settle - 24:32.8 - PR
9th - Hannah Samuels - 26:05.4
12th - Heather Hall - 26:38.3 - PR
16th - Margaret Fitch - 27:31.3
17th - Caroline Pepper - 27:44.8
19th - Anna Danek - 28:13.3
21st - Emily Robertson - 28:53.8 - PR
22nd - Ashleigh Baker - 29:08.1 - PR
23rd - Hannah Ball - 29:08.6 - PR
27th - Sydney Fitch - 29:35.0
33rd - Alexandra May - 30:43.7

Men's Results (1st place - 20 points):

2nd - Caleb Aikens - 28:15.9
3rd - Matthew Tueller - 28:25.0
4th - Micah Sneller - 28:42.3
5th - Matthew Broussard - 28:50.8 - PR
6th - Matt Seitz - 29:00.0
7th - Jonathan George - 29:21.7
11th - Micaiah Allison - 29:57.5
14th - Leif Le Mahieu - 30:01.7
16th - Caleb Keitt - 30:23.8
21st - Zach Atchison - 31:39.2
25th - Nathan Walker - 32:04.7 - PR
27th - Will Richardson - 32:23.5 - PR
32nd - Reed Vaughn - 33:02.6
46th - Michael Rawlings - 35:27.8


Covenant will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 7 to compete in the annual Disney Cross Country Classic. The races take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


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