MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College cross country team, under the tutelage of second-year head coach Clinton Bell, opened their season on Friday as they competed in the Watermelon Run, a 6k event hosted by Berry College, and featuring two conference opponents in Piedmont and LaGrange. Piedmont would finish in third place, behind Emory (20) and Berry (47), with 93 points. Agnes Scott would egde out LaGrange for 5th place, utilizing their depth, as they ran 14 runners in the race. The Scotties outplaced the Panthers in the 2nd through 5th spots in the lineup, to take the win by 2 points.
Faridah Nalunkuuma, the top returner for the Scotties, led the way for her team by placing in 43rd place, covering the course in 28:37. The other sub-30 minute time was turned in by newcomer Jialin Chu, who finished in 29:51, good enough for 51st place. Finishing the scoring for the Scotties were Ellie Vergura, Olivia Bowman, Mallory Wilson, Isabelle Eiden, and Avery Moore. Each of the 2nd through 7th runners for Agnes Scott displaced a LaGrange runner, making up the difference from LaGrange's top performer, Sarah Bearden, who finished in 19th place for a team-low 12 points. The Scotties would finish with 147 points, while LaGrange would score 149.
"We are competing hard, and it was good to see our team push through to the end and edge out LaGrange," commented Bell. "This is the first race for many of our runners, and we have tons of growth potential."
The Scotties will return to action on September 17, as they compete in the University of North Georgia Invitational.