DEMOREST, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College cross country team, in their first season under new head coach, Clinton Bell, continued to show marked improvement as the top six runners for the Scotties all established personal bests in the 6k this weekend at the Piedmont College Invitational. First-year Allyssa Willis once again was the top finisher for the Scotties, crossing the finish line in 26:59.8, good enough for an 11th place finish. That time was a 22 second improvement over her previous best this season.
"Our team continues to work hard and accomplish personal goals," indicated Bell, "and I was proud of the way we fought out there today to achieve personal bests."
Seven AGnes Scott runners established personal bests in the 6k. Honorine Rouiller finished in 12th place with a time of 27:41.1, followed closely by Faridah Nalunkuuma, who ran a personal best of 27:45.7. Both runners took more than a minute off of their personal bests this season. Rounding out the scoring for the Scotties were two more personal bests, as Karolina Klimczak dropped 26 seconds from her previous best, finishing in 17th place with a time of 29:57.5, and Kelcie Evans dropped 25 seconds from her previous best to finish in 20th, running the course in 31:59.2.
In addition to the top 5 finishers for Agnes Scott, two other performances of note were from Jada Thomas, who dropped 1:02 from her previous 6k best, finishing in 32:24.7, and Barbara Branson, who took off 1:11 from her previous best to finish in 35:25.0.
The cross country team will return to the road in two weeks, when they travel to Berry College on Saturday, October 17 for the Berry College Invitational.